Friday, January 31, 2014

For my friends/relatives who said Christie scandal would not last a week

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David Wildstein, right, with his lawyer, Alan Zegas, at a hearing in Trenton, New Jersey, in January. Ángel Franco/The New York Times
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.
In a letter released by his lawyer, the former 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.
“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him, and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.


Letter Says Governor Christie Knew About Lane Closings

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knew about the lane closings as they were happening, a letter released on Friday by the lawyer of David Wildstein said.

The letter does not specify what the evidence was. Nonetheless, it is the first signal that Mr. Christie may have been aware of the closings, something he repeatedly denied during the news conference.
The letter is part of a continuing battle between Mr. Wildstein and the Port Authority over the payment of his legal fees stemming from the scandal.
In early January, documents revealed that a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly, had sent an email to Mr. Wildstein saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” the town at the New Jersey end of the bridge, where Mr. Christie’s aides had pursued but failed to receive an endorsement from the mayor.
A spokesman for Mr. Christie did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Friday.
Mr. Christie has steadfastly denied that he knew before this month that anyone in his administration was responsible for the lane closings, and his administration has tried to portray the closures as the actions of a rogue staff member.
The governor fired Ms. Kelly.

Grimm's fairy tale may have a happy ending for us! :)

Grimm's fairy tale could have a happy ending as he is on his way to lose his house seat he got by a Republican bamboozling the electorate to think he actually cared about his district.  He doesn't and has one hell of a nasty temper.  Look here or at the link below!

As the Daily Kos says "We MUST work to retake the House if we want our twice elected President to get anything done!"  

Onward!   ;-)

Send a message: Tell Congressman Grimm to Resign for Physically Threatening a Reporter

Tell Congressman Grimm to Resign for Physically Threatening a Reporter

When Congressman Michael Grimm didn't like the question a reporter was asking, he didn't just walk away, he physically threatened the reporter, got in his face, and said he would "break him in half" and throw him over the balcony (Click here to watch video)
This shocking behavior is absolutely unacceptable, and a wishy-washy faux apology is not enough.
There is room for heated debate and even heated rhetoric in Congress. But there is no room for an unhinged thug who physically threatens a reporter for asking a simple question.
Congressman Grimm needs to go, and if he won't leave voluntarily, he needs to be thrown out.
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