Former Christie Staffer: Governor "Flat Out Lied" to Reporters About Bridgegate

Brendan O'Connor · 08/10/16 01:40PM

A redacted transcript of a damning set of text messages between former staffers working for Governor Chris Christie was unsealed on Wednesday. In one exchange, from December 13, 2013, the pair discuss a press conference the governor was giving about the still-developing George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal. “Are you listening?” Christina Renna, who worked in part of the governor’s office focused on his re-election campaign, wrote. “He just flat out lied about senior staff and [campaign manager Bill] Stepien not being involved.”

Chris Christie's Lawyers Hid One of His Personal Email Accounts from the Feds

Brendan O'Connor · 06/29/16 03:13PM

For two-and-a-half years, New Jersey governor Chris Christie has maintained that he provided federal investigators looking into the 2013 George Washington lane closures with complete access to both his personal and government email accounts. According to WNYC, however, new court filings show that this was not actually the case, supporting earlier allegations from two defendants indicted in the scheme that Christie’s lawyers destroyed and withheld evidence.

Report: Chris Christie Is Facing Another Bridge Scandal

Aleksander Chan · 06/24/14 05:51PM

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is reportedly ensnared in another bridge-related investigation, this time for the $1.8 billion funding to repair the Pulaski Skyway, which connects Newark and Jersey City. According to the New York Times, a probe launched by the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Christie’s administration misled bond holders to obtain the money for the project. Ironically, this new bridge investigation was spun-off from the ongoing investigation into Bridgegate.

J.K. Trotter · 03/28/14 02:18PM

David Samson, the 74-year-old chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has resigned.

Adam Weinstein · 01/14/14 03:37PM

"Mistakes were clearly made," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said of Bridgeghazi/Bridgegate in his State of the State address this afternoon. Yes, benevolence and competence can be really difficult sometimes. As can the avoidance of clichés and the passive voice.

Chris Christie Didn't Tell You About a Meeting With His Traffic-Closer

Adam Weinstein · 01/14/14 02:11PM

In his marathon Bridgehazi therapy session/press conference last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted he hadn't met with David Wildstein, the official who caused traffic problems in Fort Lee, "in a long time, a long time, well before the election." Like, say, when they hung out during the traffic jam.

Who Was “Smiling” During Christie’s Traffic Jam? A Jersey Mystery

J.K. Trotter · 01/10/14 06:22PM

Three days after the release of dozens of emails and text messages implicating key aides of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a crackpot scheme to deliberately engineer a traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a very interesting puzzle remains unsolved. Who, exactly, texted David Wildstein, Christie’s high school classmate and close aide, that he or she was “smiling” about the Fort Lee traffic jam (but also felt bad about schoolchildren affected by it)?

What Was Chris Christie Filibustering Against, Anyway?

Tom Scocca · 01/10/14 03:47PM

A peculiar thing about New Jersey governor Chris Christie's marathon bridge-scandal press conference yesterday was that the longer his performance sprawled on, the smaller it got. The governor apologized and said he took the blame for the fact that his underlings had—without his knowledge—intentionally clogged traffic in Fort Lee. But he put his greatest effort into litigating the minutiae of the case.

Adam Weinstein · 01/09/14 02:57PM

Aaaaaand scene: David Wildstein, the Chris Christie pal who carried out the traffic shutdown known as Bridgegate, has been accused of criminal contempt by the New Jersey Assembly for refusing to answer questions. Logically, whatever misdoings he's aware of rose higher in his mind than the rap he's getting now.