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Christie's Bridgegate Costing Taxpayers Millions


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The law firm hired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is billing $7.3 million for handling bridgegate, a tab the taxpayer will pay. Gibson Dunn billed the state $784,459 for May, June and July, said. The firm had already been paid $6.52 million on the legal bills through April. Christie hired Gibson Dunn in January…


Bridge-it Loves Christie


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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.


Bridgegate Redux? Christie Scandales Resurge with the Pulaski Skyway


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The Pulaski Skyway … whimsical name, and possibly one which will put a period to Guv'nah Chris I Know Nothing Christie and his Sweet Sixteen Ambitions.

It's a crumbling 'skyway bridge' that connects the pitiable state of New Jersey roads to the larger Hudson-crossing network and is also partially under the purview of Port Authority oversight - because Port Authority toll monies were commandeered and used for it's renovation allocation.

Crying shame, too, only yesterday an MSNBC crawl whispered that Gov. Bridgegate was coming up on former Secretary Hillary Clinton in the early Iowa polling.



Thus, the New York Times has another Bridgegate in Jersey scandal for Chris Christie to enjoy, featured on the pages of his morning paper of record.

Can you feel this size of our grins? GottaLaff's reporting on The Big Guy's antics has been superb, read about his 2014 Greatest Bridgegate Hits here, of his latest scandal-deterrant-behavior here, and find a great summation of the scandal history at this Carnival link.

Weekend rumblings about a new scandal - about an entirely different bridge, the Pulaski Skyway - proved not to break over the weekend, but Election Tuesday was another story. From the Times.

Investigations into the Christie administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have zeroed in on possible securities law violations stemming from a $1.8 billion road repair agreement in 2011, according to people briefed on the matter.


While the inquiries were prompted by the apparently politically motivated lane closings at the George Washington Bridge last year, these investigations center on another crossing: the Pulaski Skyway, the crumbling elevated roadway connecting Newark and Jersey City. They are being conducted by the Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Again and again, Port Authority lawyers warned against the move: The Pulaski Skyway, they noted, is owned and operated by the state, putting it outside the agency’s purview, according to dozens of memos and emails reviewed by investigators and obtained by The New York Times.

The Pulaski Skyway, seen from Jersey City, is owned by the State of New Jersey, but the Port Authority is funding repairs. Credit Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

The Pulaski Skyway, seen from Jersey City, is owned by the State of New Jersey, but the Port Authority is funding repairs. Credit Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

Kind of sad [read mockable and delightful, he seems such a deeply mean pol it's hard not to find some satisfaction as his web of lies is picked apart] that he only yesterday managed 9 whole innings of a charity softball game, the awkward footage could be used against him.

The New Jersey Record did excellent corruption-led reporting in March, catch it here for background. And juicy emails.

Morning Joe Schmoe Scarborough and two Republican Cohorts tried to gloss over Bridgegate Deux. Not shocking, shocking - but annoying, annoying.

As Christie heads into Bridgegate Redux, Pulaski Skyway Edition, as Laffy and Maddow are wont to advise, "Watch this space."


Lurching Right, Chris Christie Enlists for the Mythical 'War On Drugs'



Ohhhhh, Chris.

Chris 'I Know Nothing' Christie has taken the ignorance down a notch. This time:  the Evil Weed.

Is he expecting to get into a brawl with libertarian RWNJ Rand Paul, Paul the Younger? It's a Saint Reagan position, and a total throwback to the Nixon years. Clearly, The Big Guy is Running.

New Jersey only legalized medical marijuana under the last Democratic governor John Corzine in 2009, the numbers of grateful enrollees means nada to the New Guv'nah of Joisey … he has already ruled out Evil Legalization. Anything to do with upcoming primaries? You decide.

Declaring that 'low medical marijuana enrollment' by the pitiable people of New Jersey is clearly a window to the gateway of horrors that legalization 'will bring' just earned you some Regressive Asshat points. It's manure logic for starters.

"[What] There's a huge demand for is marijuana. Not medical marijuana," Christie said on his monthly radio broadcast earlier this week. "Because when we run a medically based program, you don't see the demand."


But it is one of the first hard moves toward the hard Right, the Tea-ban Fringe, that of recent decades a clear signal for Primary Participation. Guess Bridgegate was just a blip on his radar.

Alternet covered this  factually and amusingly well, so am excerpting a couple salacious quotes for your enjoyment below. Groan along with if you like.

But patients, medical marijuana advocates and lawmakers say that New Jersey’s laws are to blame for the low enrollment. They point to strict regulations, outrageous costs and few medical professional willing to write prescriptions in the state. They say Christie's lack of involvement in enhancing participation is also partially to blame for low enrollment in the program.


And now watch Christie magically shrink himself into a Teabagger.  Only earlier in 2014 on CNN,  he had told the mother of an epileptic chid that he would be sensitive to her and other parents' and patients medical cannabis needs. In just an April Town Hall in Sayerville, he implied he was open to edible medical marijuana options for those 18 years old and over

How charitable of him.  He's known for his compassion locally, I understand. {Guffaw away.}

Christie said that the medical marijuana program is not being used only to help sick patients, as it was intended, but as a political tool to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. He chided the dispensary owners: "If this was a medical program, what's everybody worried about making money for?”

"This program and all these other programs, in my mind, are a front for legalization,” he insisted.

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Bridgegate still has you twitchy, doesn't it? The Jimmy Fallon Dance Exhibition was a red flag, catch Laffy's witty reporting on that pitiful display at this link … once you've dragged the host of the Tonight Show through that fun cave underneath your crotch in a Doo Wop move, we assume you're planning on attending The Big Dance in 2016.

Launching a war on sick kids and those with debilitating chronic illnesses sounds about right for a GOP.Tea 2016 launch move.