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Charge: Christie Knew About Lane Closings

The New York and New Jersey Port Authority official who oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closing last year is charging that Gov. Chris Christie knew about the incident while it was ongoing, despite Christie’s denials, according to the New York Times.

From the piece:

In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and 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” three weeks ago.

Well, let’s see the evidence.

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107 Responses to Charge: Christie Knew About Lane Closings

  1. Soooo, the Gov knew the lanes were closed during the period they were closed. OK, let’s string him up.

    They got snipers on duty at the SuperBowl, our government hates us, the Little Sisters of the Poor are being forced to buy contraceptives, young men and women are still being injured or dying in our armed forces, and the MSM is worried about a partial closing of a bridge that goes from one corrupt city to another?

      • It’s just a guess. He’s getting squeezed for his role in the mess. He answered Briget Kelly’s e-mail about paying back Sokolich with the words “got it”. And, he is trying to get out from under a contempt charge for invoking the Fifth before the state assembly. He will testify if he’s granted immunity for his role in the closure of the lanes.

          • We know that he and Christie’s top aide carried out the closures. Does he have an e-mail from Christie indicating he knew what was going on before it happened? If he doesn’t, it’s as you said.

            I wonder what kind of pressure’s being brought to bear on Kelly.

  2. Looks like Mr. Wildstein isn’t going to go down without taking his old buddy Crispy Creme Christie with him. Good thing Mr. Wildstein wasn’t appointed by a crooked Democrat governor. He’d know better to keep his mouth shut or be disappeared before that purported evidence ever saw the light of day.

  3. OT: sorry, but this is big
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/31/obama-gets-blowback-health-care-online-chat/

    Seems some of the callers especially chosen to talk to the President wanted some real answers and he had none. The woman who can’t find answers to her child’s healthcare, and the most telling…a young man who wants the President to raise the minimum wage to $10 but since he got cut to part-time by Obamacare…click.
    Not what he expected to hear. for sure.

    • At least Preezy promised to get one of his lackeys right on Ms. Stewart’s issue with Obamacare. That’s more than millions of others who lost their insurance or their doctor because of this liberty stealing health insurance scam have received.

      The guy calling for an increase in the minimum wage really takes the cake. What’s the answer to being converted to part-time employment because of the unaffordable Obamacare? Raise the minimum wage, of course. If the leviathan does that, Mr. Summers will probably lose that part-time minimum wage job he has.

    • I wonder if Mrs. Christie’s child is one of the patients at Seattle’s Childrens’ Hospital who were denied Specialty care by the Washington State exchange after they were re-assured that their treatment would continue: The Hospital filed requests on behalf of 125 children and received 20 responses – 9 were denials.
      What was it Sebilious said about the little lung transplant child?
      “Some live; some die’/!?

      http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/sick-kids-denied-specialty-care-due-obamacare-washington_776030.html

  4. Amazing how “important” this non-issue seems to be, as compared with the “unimportant” loss of four American lives to a terrorist attack in Benghazi, or the gift of thousands of high-powered weapons to Mexican drug lords in Fast & Furious.

  5. Whoaaaa. The letter doesn’t actually say the Governor knew. It says it was an ‘Christie Administration Order’. All that means is that someone spoke FOR the Governor. It does not necessarily mean the order came from, was known by, or originated from the Governor. We all knew that much already.

    Don’t read more into things, especially when it comes to the New York Times.

    • The lawyer said he had proof Christie knew. Who cares really? I don’t believe anything written by state-run media, especially the New York Slimes. They’ve been Stalinists since the 30’s. I care more to hear where the commander in chief was on September 11th, 2012, and the orders he gave to his military commanders on the Benghazi attack.

  6. Chris Christie knew about the lane closings

    AND…

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton knew that the attack on the consulate was not due to a crappy video, but made a $70,000 PSA for Pakistan consumption anyway.

  7. Maybe we can get these same people to invesigate Benghazi, NSA,IRA Obamacare etc…. Maybe we can then get some answers. After all there is nothing in this life worse than sitting in traffice for a few hours, not even murder!

  8. I really haven’t paid that much attention but weren’t the closures were under the guise of a traffic study? Christie said he knew about that didn’t he?

    After he went through Sandy, why would he intentionally punish the NJ people like that. Just doesn’t make sense.

    Look how Obama intentionally punished the people over monument, parks and museum closures. That was mean spirited, I don’t think Christie is like Obama that way.

    • Not a bit surprised. They’re ginning up for the documentary about Anita Hill, sexual harassment and “womyns” social justice. It’s the warm-up act for Hillary and gives us all a very good look into the muddled minds and strategic plan of progressives. They know we’re tired of the race card being played, so they’re switching decks.

  9. Good morning. Open thread is not available now. I just read on Fox.com about the security. Major. I know this was easier to put things in order, because the ball game is a planned event. However I keep thinking of Benghazi. They didn’t have any type of emergency plans set up at all? They did not have any emergency response plans?
    Train: cannot have a clutch bag/purse larger than 6.5-4.5. and clear bag no bigger than a freezer storage bag.
    Metal detectors and regular security at stadium.
    Defense Dept. playing major role patroling a temp. flight restriction zone over stadium.
    24 Hour FBI Command will monitor the latest counter terrorism intelligence.
    Collaboration between 35 agencies
    Measures to protect power grid.
    Deployed hundres of extra uniformed & plaincloths police.
    Bomb sniffing dogs.
    Portable radiation detectors.
    Now I am very glad effort is being made for everyone’s saftey.
    What about the current plans, and safety for the people lost and injured in Benghazi? Also current plans and safety for current American Reps thoughout the World?
    One final note: This Country is so……..different. Years back with my first son, I could carry him in a baby carrier, carry my purse, and carry a diaper bag all at the same time, any where I wanted in America.

    • I remember in the 80s going to Mexico and seeing the Federales holding their guns in public places. Freaked me out. Now its common place here. Sad world we live in.

    • Sounds like Obama might be planning to parachute into the stadium. Haven’t heard anything about their annual Super Bowl bash with the Hollywood “B” list.
      Security won’t have to worry about deBlasio, Bloomberg, Schumer, Booker or Gillibrand – they won’t be attending. It’s going to be Christie and Cuomo.
      Cuomo, btw, is paying for his $2000 ticket with campaign funds! Figures.

    • In my opinion, the regime is creating a police state. They created this crisis by intentionally leaving our Southern borders wide open and unprotected. They know the people crossing our border illegally aren’t just coming here for jobs and a welfare check; many are coming here to do America harm.

      As Rahm Emanuel once said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Like militarizing a national event like the Superbowl.

  10. Our response to “terrorism” now is excessive security. So much for not submitting to terror. What happened to going about your business as normal with security not quite so visible or hyped and covered.

    I am uncomfortable and suspicious of this. Especially since our efforts to prevent a nuclear threat from Iran are so pathetic.

    Something is off kilter.

  11. What is this with the moderation jail? This is the third time in three days that I have been incarcerated. If the security at the SuperBowl is as good as this we got’s nuthin’ to worry about.

  12. The interesting story here was the initial attempt by the New York Times to significantly misrepresent what Wildstein and his lawyer had said. The first report by the NYT, which was splashed all over the internet yesterday in the early afternoon, claimed that Wildstein alleged he actually had possession of evidence that Christie knew of the lane closings. That would have been explosive news. But it was not true.

    Soon thereafter, the New York Times subtly changed their lead without noting their alteration, to say that Wildstein was claiming that “evidence exists” that Christie had such knowledge.

    That is a world of difference between those two assertions! Here were the two versions of their lead yesterday with emphasis added point out the significant difference between the two. These differences were reported by The Daily Caller late yesterday:

    Initial NYT lead:

    The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

    Modified NYT lead, after the stuff hit the fan:

    The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that “evidence exists” the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening.

    Readers should bear in mind that David Wildstein, at this point, is likely a very desperate man. He is openly seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony on the presumption that. Immunity is sometimes given to those who can implicate a “higher-up” individual. So, it is not too hard to imagine why his attorney would seek the publication of a news story alleging that there is evidence which would implicate the Governor in a conspiracy to mislead the public and a cover-up of his knowledge of (if not active role in), in a political dirty trick with possible criminal overtones.

    But the real culprit here is the New York Times for having actually published a false lead in a story, one which they posted on a Friday afternoon, on the eve of Superbowl Weekend (which game is being held in New Jersey) knowing that it would immediately become an explosive sideshow story bearing on the Superbowl focus. That story lead falsely claimed that one of the prime players in the “BridgeGate” political scandal had said he had proof in his possession directly implicating the Governor in a brazen cover-up of his role.

    And it was not true. Whether any such evidence exists or not, is a matter of pure speculation. But for a newspaper like the New York Times to engage in such misleading shenanigans, by falsely claiming the evidence is in the possession of a potential defendant, is just one more example of why people simply do not trust so many of our “leading” media outlets.