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The folks at Metro newspapers having a little fun with their layout, we see.

The folks at Metro newspapers having a little fun with their layout, we see.

BVT News Roundup 4 February 2014.

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It has also come to light that a person within the Christie administration communicated the Christie administration’s order that certain lanes on the George Washington Bridge were to be closed, and evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference he gave immediately before Mr. Wildstein was scheduled to appear before the Transportation Committee. Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the Governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some.

Excerpt from a letter by attorney ALAN ZEGAS, who represents former Port Authority member David Wildstein; Wildstein was NJ governor Chris Christie’s appointee to the board.

The gun: it is smoking.

(via The NY Times)

The attorney representing David Wildstein, the former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who ordered the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last year, today called into question the accuracy of Gov. Chris Christie’s statements on the scandal.

The charge, which was made in a letter sent by attorney Alan Zegas to the Port Authority, said Wildstein “contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some.”

Zegas also said, “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” last month.

The statements were made as Zegas wrote to the authority asking it to reconsider its decision earlier this month not to pay Wildstein’s legal bills. The Port Authority declined comment, and the governor’s office did not immediately return requests for comment.

The Newark Star-Ledger, "Chris Christie Knew About Lane Closures, Wildstein’s Lawyer Says."

Oh your ass just got caught.

BVT News Roundup 29 January 2014.

Last May 8, a severe rainstorm left the streets of this city flooded once again, causing the mayor, Dawn Zimmer, to recall the inundation from Hurricane Sandy.

So she dashed off a letter to Gov. Chris Christie, imploring him to help with Hoboken’s “ongoing flooding emergency,” and attached photos of cars in water up to their hoods. She was due to meet the next day with officials of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, when she hoped to talk about protecting Hoboken from the next catastrophic deluge to come.

But according to newly obtained emails sent among the participants, the first topic of discussion on the agenda was “review of concepts for flood control measures at Rockefeller property,” a reference to a billion-dollar office complex proposed at the north end of town. The developer, the Rockefeller Group, which had long been trying to gain approval from officials, sent two executives, two lobbyists and an engineer to the meeting.

Mayor Zimmer, through a spokesman, said on Wednesday that she went to the meeting but refused to discuss the project, feeling it was premature to do so.

The next day, the mayor has said, she received a call telling her that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno would visit Hoboken the following Monday. Ms. Zimmer, a Democrat, has alleged that during that visit, while in the parking lot of a Shop-Rite supermarket, Ms. Guadagno, like the governor a Republican, told her that the Rockefeller project was important to Mr. Christie and that the mayor needed to “move forward” with it if she wanted Hoboken to receive the flood protection money being distributed in the wake of the hurricane.

The Christie administration has denied ever linking the Rockefeller project to hurricane relief, an accusation that is now under federal investigation.

But whatever the outcome of the inquiries, the emails and interviews make clear that the development-wary mayor was coming under increasing and repeated pressure from politically connected lawyers working for Rockefeller Group and from the Christie administration.

The New York Times, "Christie Allies Pushed a Project in New Jersey."

Looks like those charges hurled by Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer are gonna be another albatross around Chris Christie’s and now Kim Guadagno’s corrupt necks.

BVT News Roundup 21 January 2014.

BVT News Roundup 20 January 2014.

(Photo: Robert Michael / AFP-Getty via NY Daily News)

From the Friday, October 7, 1983 edition of the University of Delaware student paper The Review, a young Chris Christie talks about keeping a bridge open.  Other things to check out: the ad for the Foreign Service of the United States — “the Department of State, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Department of Commerce are strongly concerned about diversifying the Foreign Service and Making it more representative of the American population” — and, of course, an election year plea from a local candidate: “Vote Mark Morin for Homecoming King — He’s the WILD ASS!!”(via the New York Times)

From the Friday, October 7, 1983 edition of the University of Delaware student paper The Review, a young Chris Christie talks about keeping a bridge open.  Other things to check out: the ad for the Foreign Service of the United States — “the Department of State, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Department of Commerce are strongly concerned about diversifying the Foreign Service and Making it more representative of the American population” — and, of course, an election year plea from a local candidate: “Vote Mark Morin for Homecoming King — He’s the WILD ASS!!”(via the New York Times)

BVT News Roundup 13 January 2014.

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Federal investigators have ordered a probe into whether Gov. Chris Christie’s administration improperly spent millions of dollars of relief meant to encourage tourists to New Jersey after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

The probe comes as Mr. Christie is struggling with the most difficult crisis of his political career after it was revealed that people in his administration schemed to close local lanes onto the George Washington Bridge as political punishment for the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee. On Monday, New Jersey Democrats announced a new committee to investigate the closings.

This is not the first time Mr. Christie has come under criticism for the Hurricane Sandy funds: Many of the television advertisements used in the campaign, called “Stronger than the Storm,” prominently featured the governor and his family, which drew complaints from Democrats around the state who said it was more focused on promoting Mr. Christie than the Jersey Shore.

The commercials were paid for with money from a federal disaster relief package New Jersey received that included $25 million for a media campaign. The audit by the Department of Housing and Urban Development will look into how the contract was awarded.

An investigation by The Asbury Park Press last year found that the public relations firm that won the contract, MWW Group, based in East Rutherford, charged $2 million more than a competitor that submitted a comparable proposal.

A key difference in the bids, the newspaper reported, was that the MWW Group proposal prominently featured the governor in the ads.

Following the reports in The Asbury Park Press, Representative Frank Pallone, a Democrat and longtime critic of Mr. Christie, sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development asking the agency to looking into the matter.

“While promoting tourism at the Jersey Shore in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is certainly a worthy endeavor, recent reports have led me to believe that the state has irresponsibly misappropriated funding allocated by Congress from the Sandy aid package and taken advantage of this waiver for political purposes,” Mr. Pallone wrote in August.

The New York Times, "Christie Faces Inquiry Into Use of Hurricane Relief Money."

The hits just keep on comin’.