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Chris Christie: The noose tightens further

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Kate Zernike and William Rashbaum report in the NY Times:

The New Jersey legislative committee investigating the controversial lane closings at the George Washington Bridge authorized 18 new subpoenas Monday, including one seeking records that will show who was aboard state police helicopters during the four days of the closings in September.

The committee also voted that claims last week against self-incrimination by two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie were insufficient and that they must turn over documents related to the closings. Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democratic co-leader of the panel, said that the Fifth Amendment protests by Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Stepien in response to earlier subpoenas “do not pass the scrutiny that is required.”

The committee voted to allow its special counsel, Reid Schar, to establish new dates for them to turn over documents, and to take whatever measures he believes necessary to compel them if they refuse again.

Mr. Stepien’s lawyer, Kevin H. Marino, indicated that he would fight the subpoena in court.

“We have provided the Committee with a detailed explanation of our constitutional and common law objections to the subpoena,” he said in an email. “If the Committee asks a court to enforce that subpoena despite its legal infirmities, we will bring those objections to the court’s attention.”

Others on the list of new subpoenas include the governor’s re-election campaign and office, as well as five specific staff members, and several employees or executives at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge. Among them is Phillip Kwon, a deputy general counsel, who a former authority official, David Wildstein, has said coached people there before a legislative hearing in December, in an attempt to cover up the vindictive motive for the lane closings.

The names were on a list obtained by The New York Times. Mr. Wisniewski would not confirm them, saying that he would identify the recipients only after the subpoenas are served, likely beginning tomorrow.

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Written by LeisureGuy

14 February 2014 at 4:53 pm

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  1. Hi, Leisureguy—

    I’m glad you added this… I think this needs to be kept in the national spotlight, just in case this guy has any aspirations of higher office (which, it seems clear, he does).

    No one in New Jersey (and I’ve lived there all my life, until about two weeks ago) was really surprised by any of this. Christie is just that kind of guy. It’s often said that he’s likeable, and he IS—but if you’ve paid any attention to his political career, he looooves confrontation. Go to YouTube enter search for “Christie yelling” and you’ll find him yelling at teachers who are asking about union protection, calling reporters idiots, and even about to get into a physical confrontation on the boardwalk. Nobody here was really surprised that he’d screw so many people over. What was surprising was that he and his team did such a poor job of covering their tracks.

    After the 2012 elections, there was talk about him as a presidential candidate, and I think everyone in NJ kind of rolled their eyes—even his supporters. Likeable does not equal presidential. Can you imagine a president whose instincts involve calling reporters idiots?

    Thanks for including. Great article.


    Ps—I sent that email again, but I’m not sure it went through. I’ll post another comment and include it.


    17 February 2014 at 11:42 am

  2. Hey—Here’s the email I sent:

    Hi, Leisureguy—

    I keep meaning to talk to you about your shaving book, but I keep reading your posts and getting distracted!

    I think I mentioned in one of my comments that I’m a social worker, but my “side hustle” is running a website about barbering ( I actually found your blog because I was searching for blogs related to shaving.

    The people who visit my site are very interested in grooming, and in particular, shaving. I would love to interview you in a post, where we could discuss your book, your thoughts on shaving, or any other products or projects you’d like to discuss. I would happily include links to your Amazon page.

    In return, I’d be thrilled if you could add my site to your blogroll. I’m pretty proud of the site, and it took me months to research, so I think it meets the high standard of the sites on your blogroll (and it might be a logical addition to your “Shaving” category).

    If you’re game, let me know, and I’ll send the questions over. Shouldn’t take too long to fill out.

    Either way, thank you for your time, and please keep up the incredible work with the posts! I really enjoy your selections.


    Ps—Have you ever thought about doing some more publicity for your blog? I have a friend who runs, and she basically does what you’re doing—selecting articles of interest—but earns enough to do it full time. It could be a nice source of income for you!


    17 February 2014 at 11:44 am

  3. Hi, Matt. On pugnacious politicians: Harry S Truman once threatened to punch out a music critic (Paul Hume) who had panned his daughter’s singing. Story here. However, that was highly unusual, which is why it made all the papers. Margaret Truman later wrote a number of mysteries.

    An interview would be fine. You can email me the questions.

    So far as a slicker site that would bring in income: Mark Twain points out how an activity becomes burdensome once it becomes something one is obliged to do, and I am currently exulting in my freedom from daily obligation.

    I took a look at your site, and it does seem well researched. I’ll add it to the links.


    17 February 2014 at 12:00 pm

  4. Excellent! Thank you for the add! I appreciate it. I’ll put those questions together and send them over to you—probably tonight or tomorrow morning.

    And I had no idea about Harry Truman and Paul Hume! That’s so funny. I imagine that her singing got rave reviews after that!


    17 February 2014 at 4:49 pm

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