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Christie slams Obama Justice Department, Fishman, for Bridgegate Prosecution

photo by Art Gallagher

Former NJ Governor said George Washington Bridge lane closure prosecution “changed the course of history”

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slammed his successor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Obama Justice Department today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturning the convictions of Bridget Ann Kelly and Bill Baroni for their roles in closing down entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September of 2013.

Christie, who was considered the front runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination before the scandal broke open in early 2014, said the prosecution of Kelly and Baroni “changed the course of history.”

Christie’s full statement is as follows:

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Christie says U.S. should reopen despite warnings of jump in coronavirus deaths

MMM photo by Art Gallagher

Former Gov. Chris Christie on Monday told CNN the country should reopen despite projections that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could kill thousands of Americans.

Christie, a Republican and backer of President Trump, pointed to the “economic devastation” from widespread closures of businesses put in place to help slow the spread of the virus.

“Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can — but the question is, towards what end, ultimately?” Christie said in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash for The Daily DC Podcast. “Are there ways that we can… thread the middle here to allow that th… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, COVID-19, Economy | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie says U.S. should reopen despite warnings of jump in coronavirus deaths

Christie and Murphy slugging it out on Twitter

Things started with former Gov. Chris Christie sharing an opinion piece on Twitter Monday that criticized Gov. Phil Murphy. And then it spiraled from there.

By the late afternoon, the current Democratic governor and the former Republican governor were mixing it up in a pretty feisty Twitter fight.

Christie shared an editorial from The Press of Atlantic City, written less than a week after Murphy unveiled his latest budget, that took the governor to task for wanting to raise taxes on people who earn more than $1 million a year and on cigarettes.Murphy then swung back.“We’re still digging out of the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 2nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

David Richter should run for congress in CD-12

By Art Gallagher

David Richter

David Richter, the former CEO of Hill International, a global construction management firm, has had a tough start to 2020. Richter, of Princeton, was the front runner for the GOP nomination for Congress in the second district of New Jersey and was poised to end the political career of Congressman Jeff Van Drew.

The impeachment of President Donald J. Trump upended Richter’s self-funded path to Congress.  In a deal brokered by former Governor Chris Christie, according to the NY Times, Van Drew became a Republican and pledged his undying support to the President. Trump, seeing a opportunity much larger than picking up one congressional seat in New Jersey, provided Van Drew with a first class political operation and cleared the path for the freshman congressman to win the GOP nomination for reelection.

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Posted: January 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, 2020 Presidential Politics, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Bramnick for Governor?

By Art Gallagher

Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, “top contender for governor” Jon Bramnick and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone on the Walk to Washington train last winter.

The pre-primary of the 2021 GOP nomination for NJ Governor got a lot more interesting this morning.

In a Star Ledger Friendly Fire interview with Democrat strategist Julie Roginsky and Republican strategist Mike DuHaime that Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick shared on facebook, DuHaime declared Bramnick to be a “top contender for governor after a strong 2019.”

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Posted: December 27th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Jon Bramnick, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Seaside Boardwalk Fire Was Six Years Ago Today

Today marks the six year anniversary of the fire than engulfed the iconic boardwalk of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.

The blaze that destroyed 1000 feet of boardwalk and businesses that had been repaired/replaced following Superstorm Sandy which occurred only 11 months prior, was determined to have been caused by electrical wiring that had been corroded during the historic storm but not replaced during the rebuild. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Seaside Boardwalk Fire Was Six Years Ago Today

Keady won’t shut up, Wants to sit down with Christie

Monmouth County Democratic Socialism activist Jim Keady wants former Governor Chris Christie to give him another fifteen minutes of fame.

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Posted: August 18th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Keady won’t shut up, Wants to sit down with Christie

White House Budget Has No Gateway Tunnel Funding—Booker Suggests Naming The Tunnel For Trump

photo via Gov Cuomo’s flicker

President Trump’s 2020 budget has no funding for the Gateway Tunnel and Deputy Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Rosen said New York and New Jersey should pay for the tunnel, according to AMNY:

“Those transit projects are local responsibilities, and elected officials from New York and New Jersey are the ones accountable for them,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen on Monday, during a budget briefing call with reporters.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker responded by suggesting that the tunnel be named after Trump, according to the NY DailyNews: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on White House Budget Has No Gateway Tunnel Funding—Booker Suggests Naming The Tunnel For Trump

Baroni gets 18 months for Bridgegate conviction

Bill Barnoni, 47, a former NJ State Senator and the former Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of NY/NJ was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today for his role in the September, 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closure known as Bridgegate, Assistant US Attorney Attorney for the United States Mark Coyne announced.

U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton imposed the sentence in Newark federal court.

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Posted: February 26th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Baroni gets 18 months for Bridgegate conviction

Hypocrites Gopal, Downey and Houghtaling vote to keep Trump off the 2020 ballot

Sen Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey

Senator Vin Gopal voted with his Trenton Democrat cronies last week in voting in favor of legislation that would keep candidates for President and Vice President off the ballot in New Jersey unless they disclose five years of tax returns .  Gopal also voted against an amendment to the bill that would have it apply to himself and his fellow legislators and the governor.

Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling voted in favor of identical legislation—and against the amendment to have the bill apply to themselves—in 2017.

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Posted: February 25th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, NJ Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »