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:
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.