The Fort Lee lane closure scandal, also known as the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal or Bridgegate .. The May indictments of Wildstein, Baroni and Kelly contend that the lane closures were political retribution against . Indictment of Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly in ‘Bridgegate’. Document. Pages . Notes. Text. Zoom. CLOSE. Previous for “” Next. p. 1. Loading Loading. p. 2. After more than a year of investigation, federal prosecutors in New Jersey are ready to bring indictments in the “Bridgegate” scandal, the New York Times [ ].

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Bridgegate Archives – Philadelphia Magazine

It said that the closures had been ordered by Wildstein on September 6,despite various PA engineers expressing their concerns, particularly about more traffic congestion indictmsnts local streets and no advance notice to Fort Lee officials. Archived from the original on May 7, If there is any information that you know about the decision to bridtegate these lanes in Fort Lee, you have one hour to tell either my chief of staff, Kevin O’Dowdor my chief counsel, Charlie McKenna.

Christie also cut loose one of his top advisers, Bill Stepien, who was expected to play a key role in an eventual Christie presidential campaign.

Legislative panel subpoenas Christie’s chief of staff”. On April 7,it was reported that David Wildstein met with federal prosecutors in Newark for several days during the week of March 31 and Charlie McKenna met with investigators in mid-January in Fishman’s office.

Retrieved January 13, On June 23,The New York Times reported that the inquiries are focusing on possible securities law violations caused by Christie’s use of Port Authority funds to pay for repairs to the Skyway in andusing money that was to be used on a new Hudson River rail tunnel that Christie canceled briidgegate October The PA indictmenta reportedly interviewed only 3 people Wildstein not among themand was finished within a few weeks, although PA officials still continued to claim “ongoing investigation” a month later, when deflecting reporters’ questions.

He once a the federal racketeering lawsuit that forced the International Brotherhood of Indictents to hold democratic elections and undergo court supervision. GOP operatives said that the scandal itself had not been an issue leading up to Iowa, nor to New Hampshire, where the first presidential primary would be held.


Retrieved October 25, Grewal was appointed by Christie, and so was expected to recuse himself. It could not use those funds in response to any criminal investigations. On September 18,WNBC-TV4 New York reported that unnamed federal investigators told them that thus far no evidence that Christie knew in advance of the closures or had directed them was found, but cautioned that the investigation is ongoing and that no final determination has been made.

New Jersey Department of State. The report revealed that Wildstein said that he informed Christie of the ongoing lane closures during a September 11,memorial event, but asserted that Christie did not recall that exchange. The charges came after David Wildstein, a former Christie ally and Port Authority appointee, pleaded guilty earlier Friday to one charge of conspiracy to commit fraud on federally funded property and one civil rights violation.

Ex-Christie ally pleads guilty in Bridgegate scandal, two others indicted

Retrieved February 28, He would not elaborate on why those co-conspirators were not indicted. After Wildstein left, prosecutors moved to secondary witnesses.

Hobbs retained his Seton Hall post. On April 25,it was reported that Fishman had subpoenaed the New Indictmehts Legislative Select Committee on Investigation for “any and all records” they have gathered, with delivery due on May 2.

Committee members pointed out that 4.

Chris Christie called Bridgegaye Cuomo to complain about handling of PA lane closing snafu, report says”. On March 28,Christie announced that Samson had offered his resignation from the Port Authority, effective immediately. Retrieved February 9, Christie questioned the indctments of allowing three dedicated lanes, saying “I didn’t know Fort Lee got three dedicated lanes until all this stuff happened, and I think we should review that entire policy.

Fishman also said that the investigation identified other co-conspirators who were not indicted. A Rutgers-Eagleton poll, published January 24,showed that the Fort Lee scandal had hurt his standings among New Jersey residents.

Bridgegate: Christie aides indicted, guilty, sparring – CNNPolitics

He said that the “hasty and ill-informed decision” could have endangered lives and violated federal and state laws. On April 9,the committee’s investigation was dealt a setback when New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that Stepien and Kelly do not have to hand over subpoenaed documents since the subpoenas were written indidtments broadly, like a ” fishing expedition “. Brideggate January 22, Recipients of 18 new subpoenas revealed”.

In Januaryit was reported that Christie was interviewed by federal prosecutors and FBI agents in December Public resources—the bridge, police officers—all were used for a political purpose, for some type of retribution, and that violates the law”. On May 10,Judge Wigenton ruled for the list’s release, which she said named individuals “whom the government has sufficient evidence to designate as having joined the conspiracy.


Retrieved August 11, In a January 31,letter to Reid Schar, general counsel for the legislative committee, Kevin Marino, the attorney for Stepien, indictmrnts that he would not submit anything in response to their subpoena and requested its withdrawal, citing his client’s Fifth Amendment right and New Jersey common law privileges against self-incrimination, with regard to the criminal inquiry underway by the U.

Bridgegate: 1 guilty plea, 2 indictments and ‘liars’

Retrieved September 26, It also requested the names of job candidates sent by Christie’s office to the agency. The Democratic mayor, David Amlen, did not endorse Christie for re-election and was not informed of the approval of their requested traffic study until after Christie won re-election.

His name comes right after Mayor Fulop. Archived from the original on February 9, Guilty on all counts”. The governor’s office said that Christie stood by his position that he nridgegate learned lanes were closed when it was reported by the press”.

Brian Murray, speaking for Christie, said the governor would appeal the ruling immediately, adding, “this is a dishonorable complaint filed by a known serial complainant and political brldgegate with a history of abusing the judicial system,” and reiterating the governor’s denial of knowledge before or during the closure.

McGready ruled, “I’m satisfied that there’s probable cause to believe that an event indictmens official misconduct was caused by Governor Christie. Attorney’s Office, and publicly released online on April 14, without a subpoena. Governor Chris Christie ‘s political standing was damaged by the scandal.

Retrieved February 4, Citing anonymous sources, he reported that “the decision to close the traffic lanes caused tension” since “the lane closures came as a surprise to some high-ranking officials at the bi-state agency. Sentencing for David Wildstein delayed until January”. Archived from the original on January 7, Retrieved November 4, It came to light Friday that the closures and traffic issues were retribution for Mayor Sokolich not endorsing Gov.