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Investigation #3 for Team Christie: Manhattan district attorney is said to investigate Port Authority


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Watch out Chris Christie and Co., the Manhattan district attorney is now sniffing around, because apparently they too believe something stinks.

police dog sniffing around animated GIFYes, a third-- count 'em, three!-- team of "seasoned corruption investigators who are most likely focused in large measure on a different set of corruption allegations" is now looking into possible state crimes, as opposed to federal ones.

That's a whole lot of allegations and/or suspicion of corruption, and a whole lot of probes. Call me crazy, but it appears that prosecutors and lawmakers are convinced that something is rotten in Joisey.

Via the New York Times:

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has subpoenaed documents from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey concerning a range of the troubled agency’s major construction projects, including several that have come under scrutiny as a result of the politically charged George Washington Bridge lane closings, a person with knowledge of the matter said Saturday. [...]

This new criminal inquiry opens what is in essence a third investigative front focused on the actions of Mr. Christie and his appointees...

ruh roh smallerIf I were Christie and his pals, I'd be just a tad nervous right now. And by "just a tad" I mean I'd be quaking in my sleazy little boots.


Chris Christie compares the poor to petulant teens, but, see, he's the real victim here.


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Chris Hayes and David Cay Johnston should have added the now-famous quote from Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich to this discussion of Chris Christie: He "deserves an ass-kicking":

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Chris Christie speaking to the Economic Club of Chicago:

I think that the problem we have is an opportunity gap, not an income equality gap. And I think that one of the big discussions in conversations over the course of the next two years in national politics is going to be, do you want mediocrity or do you want greatness?  You want income equality? That's mediocrity. Everybody can have an equal mediocre salary. That's what we can afford. Or do you want the opportunity for greatness? ...

Greatness is going to be based on your intellect, your hard work, your creativity. And government can play a role in helping to create that opportunity. But not in being the perpetual referee of what sounds like a fight between my 13-year-old son and my 10-year-old daughter: "You did this for him, that's not fair. Well, that's not fair, I want this to be fair." I grew up in an America that said, "Life isn't fair."

Yes, you heard right: Chris Christie is confusing income equality with salary equality. He thinks Democrats want every employed person in the country to be paid exactly the same salary.

Then he had the unmitigated gall to compare struggling families, people who are hurting, with petulant children, in effect blaming them!

family values my ass

To paraphrase Keith Olbermann, "That man is an idiot."

Here's a bonus video from The Rachel Maddow Show, just in case you're not up on the latest in the Bridgegate scandal:

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Maddow, on how the GOP is throwing a pity party for their guy Chris:

The New Jersey State Republican Party is now trying to raise money on the Bridge scandals. Specifically, they are trying to raise money by saying that news organizations should not be covering the scandal, and that's the real problem here.

Seriously, I'm not kidding... This is from the Star Ledger... They're quoting a fundraising email that the New Jersey Republican Party has sent out asking people to pledge $25 a month to the New Jersey Republican Party because of the Bridge scandal....

"Send us money because MSNBC keeps reporting on this story"??

To the people of Fort Lee, to the people who missed the first day of school or the first day of work, to the people who were late to appointments or their jobs by hours, for not just one day but for four days, to the person having a heart attack and the four people who were injured and needed to be moved by ambulance after a car wreck, to the parents of a missing child, to all those people who found that police and first responders could not get to them those days, to the people of Fort Lee and the hundreds of thousands of other New Jersey residents and commuters who had four days of this gridlock inflicted on them-- on purpose-- thanks to still-unexplained orders that came out of Gov. Christie's office, to all of the hundreds of thousands of people who were hurt here-- on purpose-- the New Jersey Republican Party would like you to know that the real outrage here is that this TV network [MSNBC] is reporting on what happened and trying to figure out the answers, but the Christie administration still won't provide.

They want you to know that we're the real outrage, and that they're the real victim. Not you.

They want the people of New Jersey to stand up! Not against this kind of corrupt and abusive outrage by their government. They want the people of New Jersey to stand up against us covering the story.

It's amazing, but it's good to know.


Chris #Christie use of Port Authority as ATM "taken to new heights." More like new depths.


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Need to catch up on all the Chris Christie, Bridgegate, Port Authority, email-your-crony, "Who, moi?" scandals? Here you go, courtesy of Steve "I'm on it!" Kornacki:

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Kornacki's stories are chock full o' fun facts and each video contains top notch investigative reporting.

Speaking of reporting, the Los Angeles Times posted an article on this mess, one that approaches the scandals from a slightly different angle. Their headline: "Port Authority controversy runs deeper than Christie bridge scandal" and it reminds us that the agency is controlled by the governors of both New York and New Jersey, plus "it owns the World Trade Center, airports, bridges, tunnels and the seaport, the nation's third-largest... operates a train and spearheads its own development projects. All of that money and hiring power has been an irresistible temptation to politicians on both sides of the Hudson River, which divides the two states."

Governor "Heartbroken" sure seems to have-- allegedly-- succumbed to that "temptation" and--allegedly-- used the Port Authority to-- allegedly-- reward his buddies. Allegedly.

The troubled organization is the largest of its kind in the country, with a $7-billion budget, more than 7,000 employees, a dysfunctional management structure and a reputation as a secretive patronage haven. [...]

More than a year before the current controversy, former Executive Director Stephen Berger described the Port Authority as "a money tree, an ATM machine," during a breakfast event in New York. "It's been a place [governors] can go to do projects they can't get through their budgets," he said. [...]

Christie has stacked the Port Authority with dozens of loyalists, according to a list that surfaced in a recent lawsuit. [...]

Jameson Doig, a Dartmouth professor who wrote a book about the Port Authority called "Empire on the Hudson," said that other governors also had used the agency as a jobs bank — but that Christie had taken it to new heights.

More like new depths. Allegedly.


Wildstein: Closing bridge lanes “the Christie administration’s order.” He knew.


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Mr. Toast

The New York Times has a bombshell about the bridge lane closures and what Chris Christie knew and when he knew it. Hold your ears:

ka-powIn 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.

Go read. Now.

So it looks like Wildstein is looking to make a deal or he wouldn't be spilling the beans. Apparently, he claims that there is correspondence that can prove his assertions contesting "the accuracy of the statements the governor made."

Also, MSNBC's Michael Isikoff is reporting that Christie's former campaign manager, Bill Stepien, is invoking his 5th Amendment rights, and he is refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents.

Governor "Heartbroken" has a lot of 'splainin' to do after that bogus press conference that so many Republicans fell for hook, line, and sinker.

Stay tuned for court battles galore.