Breaking: The jury in the Bridgegate trial has reached a verdict and finds defendant Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly guilty in the Bridgegate trial, reports NJ.com.
The jury of has been deliberating since Monday, after a six-week trial that heard from 35 witnesses, including both defendants. The government’s key witness was David Wildstein, a GOP operative and political appointee to the Port Authority who admitted masterminding the plot.
The crimes carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but, according to the NY Times, the United States attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, said there was “no way” his office would recommend that Ms. Kelly and Mr. Baroni serve that long. Federal sentencing guidelines suggest a sentence of from one year to three years.
The list represents $3.5 billion worth of road and rail projects across the state and Montclair’s Gates Avenue (section 2) project in included.
Township Engineer Kimberli Craft tells Baristanet that the project included construction of granite block curb and paving at a contracted cost of $252,397.31. “Montclair received a grant in the amount of $221,544.00 and as of now, there are no adverse effects for the Township as a result of the shutdown. This is because it is the NJDOT’s policy to provide 75% of the grant award (or project cost – whichever is less) to the municipality once the project has been awarded,” explains Craft. Continue Reading
Since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed Republican Presidential candidate Donald trump, the call for Christie to voluntarily leave office has grown. First came a joint editorial from six New Jersey newspapers that say Gov. Christie has no standing in the state following his endorsement last week of Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.
Last week, Former Ambassador Phil Murphy’s organization New Way for New Jersey launched a petition asking New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to “do your job or quit.” As of this writing, there are 18,831 signatures. Continue Reading
NJ Governor Chris Christie, in his first public appearance since ending his presidential campaign, will present the 2017 state budget today, February 16 at 2 pm. This will be the seventh time Christie has presented a new budget since taking office in early 2010.
One thing he is making clear — “We will not return to the path of higher taxes.” Continue Reading
UPDATE: Event has been canceled due to the impending blizzard.
WNYC and Montclair State University present Tracking Chris Christie: A Conversation with Political Journalists on Monday, January 26 at Montclair State University’s The Conference Center.
Whether he’s urging tourists to get off the beach as a superstorm approaches, telling hecklers to “sit down and shut up” or speaking passionately about the ravages of drug addiction, Governor Chris Christie is, by most accounts, the most colorful politician on the national scene. As Christie considers his announcement of a presidential run, we’ll hear from some of the leading journalists who’ve covered him most, since before he was known beyond the Garden State, about his appeal and obstacles on his road to the White House.
New Jersey Public Radio’s Managing Editor Nancy Solomon will moderate a discussion with panelists: Continue Reading
NJ Spotlight analyzes Christie’s chances for a presidentail run:
Looking at Gov. Chris Christie’s schedule in the days leading up to last week’s budget battle, you would think he didn’t have a care in the world as he continues to gear up for a 2016 presidential bid:
“Dad Dancing” with Jimmy Fallon, showing off the results of his “less is more” lap-band diet
Blaming Obama for Iraq in front of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington
Raising money for the Republican candidate for governor in New Hampshire, the first primary state
Telling former Romney donors in Utah he isn’t “worried” about Bridgegate
Playing nine innings of “celebrity softball” in Yankee Stadium with Boomer and Carton so they can talk about it on WFAN for days. Continue Reading
At a town hall meeting in Somerset, NJ last week, Governor Christie focused on the state budget saying health benefits for retired state workers will cost more than for current state employees. He said health and pension costs need to be contained and renewed a pledge to propose further changes to public workers’ pensions.
This Letter to the Editor was submitted by Joe Amato, President of PBA Local 382, Essex County Department of Corrections:
I know this letter made the rounds for many years, but its time to dust it off again.
This letter speaks volumes that Governor Christie is not at all a reformer, but a hypocrite.
A 360-page report released today exonerates Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal and puts blame on former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, who emerges as the lone conspirator in the governor’s office, the Star Ledger reports. Meanwhile, national Democrats call the report “an expensive sham.”