What is it with boys and their toys? They just won't leave them alone sometimes. They have a fascination that they can't give up -- until they break them.
And NJ Governor Chris Christie may just have crossed that bridge too far.
Now comes another bridge scandal. No, really. Another bridge scandal. You just gotta love this guy, Christie. He doubles down when he thinks he can get away with something. He's determined to leave no bridge unturned.
Here's the latest from the Daily Beast:
The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Christie's office for lobbying the Port Authority to divert $1.8 billion away from a canceled rail-tunnel project and towards repairing the Pulaski Skyway bridge. Pulaski is a state bridge, outside of the Port Authority's purview. The Christie administration recast the bridge as an access road to the Lincoln Tunnel (they're not connected) in order to justify using Port Authority funds. The move is under scrutiny for potentially defrauding bond holders. Under the Martin Act, prosecutors could bring felony charges without proving intent to defraud. The SEC could also take civil action.
What's it all mean? Fraud.
Christie, who boasted he could balance the state's budget in his reelection stump speeches, couldn't. So he diverted funds from a public source, the billion dollar rail-tunnel project. Christie cancelled the project which was already underway then took the unspent funds and used them for repairs that were not authorized. He did it by claiming the bridge was an access road.
A bridge became an access road? Okay, that's stretching it, but we'll move on.
He then claimed this "access road" connected to the Lincoln Tunnel. It does NOT lead or connect in any way, shape or form to the Lincoln Tunnel. That's like saying the Bridge over the River Kwai connected Burma with London.
So, just when you thought it was safe to return to New Jersey, think again. You may be following road signs from Trenton to New York City and end up in Pennsylvania thanks to Gov. Christie and his new road connection designations.
But if you want to speak to him, you better do it quickly. He may be moving his office to the New Jersey State Department of Corrections.
Looks like he's gonna have a bit more 'splainin' to do, Lucy.