As Subpoenaed Documents Are Handed Over, Christie (Again) Dismisses Bridge Controversy

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Executives from the Port Authority, including Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni (far right) and Executive Director Patrick Foye (third to the left) Executives from the Port Authority, including Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni (far right) and Executive Director Patrick Foye (third to the left) (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New Jersey Democrats spent the day before Christmas reviewing newly-released documents over the George Washington Bridge controversy.

Democrats are trying to find out if Gov. Christie’s two appointees at the Port Authority lied when they said a traffic study forced the four-day closure of local lanes to the bridge. Subpoenas to the appointees, David Wildstein and Bill Baroni, were turned over by their attorneys to Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a Democrat leading the inquiry.


Christie stands by his appointees, who have since resigned. He's said he believes there was a traffic study that caused the massive traffic back-up. But Christie was asked Monday night on his monthly radio show on 101.5 FM if he has seen this study. 

“No, what do I care?" he said. He reiterated his previous point that Democrats are trying to make political hay out of something he had nothing to do with.

Yet whether the study exists has become a central question in this controversy. Democrats believe it was a ruse to cover up how political retribution may have been at play. Patrick Foye, Gov. Cuomo's top appointee to the Port Authority, testified that he knew nothing about the study before it was supposedly implemented, and he hasn't seen it since.

Democrats are now flexing subpoena power to get more documents and more sworn testimony, possibly from Wildstein and Baroni. The issue is likely to spill over well into the new year.


Comments [1]

iMan9796 from New Jersey

This same disgusting corruption, cover-up & retaliation is standard operating procedure at the Port Authority Bus Terminal's Lost & Found Dept. in NYC concerning lost & found property brazenly stolen by Port Authority Supervisors. Google  “Donna Lebourne abc news" & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed for the world to see.

Port Authority Supervisor Donna Lebourne has an outside job, she is the Vice President of her & her husband’s charity Caribbean Sports International that donates cellphones & other electronics.  If you lost an item at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and did not get it back, contact her charity, perhaps she may donate your item back to you out of the kindness of her cold evil heart. It's very easy to be charitable when you are giving away someone else’s property.

Also, the Port Authority of NY & NJ has become a threat to national security and has placed everyone's safety & security in jeopardy, by undermining all the counter-terrorism measures that have been put in place by the United States. They have allowed crimes such as the illegal policy of disposing lost valid passports in the garbage that are found in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Now just imagine the damage that a terrorist cell could do with those valid lost passports or an identity theft ring. 
Google "Port Authority - Passports."

NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly agrees with my concerns as well.

If the Port Authority will not prosecute and punish their own supervisors for theft, especially when they are caught redhanded, how much confidence do you have in their ability to actually put a stop to their illegal passport policy or any other crimes they uncover? The Port Authority's inaction and cover-up is tantamount to treason.

Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.”

The culture of fear is alive and well at the Port, because crime, corruption, cover-ups & retaliation is the Port Authority way. Believe me, I know firsthand and I have the evidence to prove it. General Manager of the George Washington Bridge Robert Durando’s testimony at the New Jersey State Assembly Transportation Committee on 12/9/13 exposes the culture of fear that exists at the Port Authority.

It’s time to stop the madness!

Dec. 26 2013 03:07 PM

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