Stephanie Schmid, the presumed Democrat nominee for Congress in New Jersey’s 4th District, reported to the Federal Election Commission that her campaign has $76,671.20 cash on hand as of June 30. The campaign raised $38, 775.95 and spent $14,101.97 between June 18 and June 30, according to the certified Form 3 which was received by the FEC at 11:18 p.m last night.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 16th, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: 2020 congressional elections, Christine Conforti, David Applefield, David Wildstein, FEC, Federal Election Commission, Full of Schmid, New Jersey, New Jersey Globe, Stephanie Schmid | Comments Off on Full of Schmid: Congressional candidate lies about her fundraising results
The candidates for the Democrat nomination for the House of Representatives in the 4th Congressional District will participate in an online forum on Sunday, July 5 at 9:15 p.m.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 3rd, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: 2020 congressional elections, CD-4, Christine Conforti, David Applefield, David Wildstein, New Jersey, New Jersey Globe, Stephanie Schmid | Comments Off on CD-4 Democrat Forum on Sunday Night
The nearly seven-year story of Bridgegate came to an end Wednesday and this being New Jersey, there was a surprise twist.
In a letter to the court, the U.S. Attorney’s office asked to dismiss the indictments against former Christie Administration insiders Bridget Anne Kelly and William Baroni — whose convictions were overturned last month by the U.S. Supreme Court — and moved to toss out the guilty plea against David Wildstein, who testified for the government in the bizarre scheme of political retaliation.“Given the decisions of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, Mr. Wildstein, throug… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: June 11th, 2020 | Author: admin | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: Bridgegate, David Wildstein, New Jersey | 1 Comment »
By Art Gallagher
As a blogger and political strategist I’ve been credited with writing, in real time, the political obituaries, of many candidates and office holders, Democrats and some Republicans, in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
This weekend I am sadly tasked with writing the real obituary for my father, Arthur V. Gallagher, from whom I inherited many traits, including the love for writing, politics and the conviction that government should be run efficiently to serve the people. Dad passed away peacefully last night at the age of 88, from non-COVID-19 related natural causes.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 23rd, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: Art Gallagher, Arthur V. Gallagher, Bergen County, Bergenfield, David Wildstein, NewJerseyGlobe | 6 Comments »
‘I fully accept responsibility for my role,’ in Bridgegate scheme, says Wildstein, after Supreme Court throws out case
The Supreme Court may have thrown out the Bridgegate case, but the man who orchestrated the scheme to close the George Washington Bridge access lanes says what he did was wrong.
David Wildstein, a former Republican operative and Port Authority official, was portrayed in the Bridgegate trial as the architect of the plan to shut down the local toll lanes to the George Washington Bridge to retaliate against the Fort Lee mayor for failing to endorse Gov. Chris Christie for reelection.
Wildstein said the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision Wednesday to throw out the convictions of Bill Baroni and Bridget… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: May 7th, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: Bridgegate, David Wildstein, New Jersey | Comments Off on ‘I fully accept responsibility for my role,’ in Bridgegate scheme, says Wildstein, after Supreme Court throws out case
LET ME FINISH: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the power of in-your-face politics, former Governor Chris Christie’s memoir and plea for a political future is not likely to change any minds about him. If you’re one of the 15% of New Jersey residents who admire Christie today as much as you did during the early aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, you will love the book and your admiration for Christie will grow.
If you believe that Christie knew about and was involved in the George Washington Bridge scandal known as Bridgegate and that he closed New Jersey’s beaches for all but his family on the July 4th weekend in 2017, his book will tell you why you’re wrong. Christie is the victim of the two events that define his legacy so far; Bridgegate and Beachgate.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, 2016 Elections, 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Donald Trump, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey | Tags: Beachgate, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Wildstein, Donald Trump, Let Me Finish | 2 Comments »
David Wildstein, the central figure in the Bridgegate scandal, was sentenced to three years probation today, according to a statement by Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate, New Jersey | Tags: Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick, Bill Baroni, Bridgeate, Bridget Ann Kelly, David Wildstein, New Jersey | 2 Comments »
As the Bridgegate case works its way toward a trial date later in 2016, defendants Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly will begin the new year by learning who the government claims helped them cause mayhem in Fort Lee. In court papers filed last week, attorneys for Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 31st, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: Bill Baroni, Bridgegate, Bridget Ann Kelly, David Wildstein, U.S. Attorney's Office | Comments Off on Bridgegate co-conspirators to be ID’ed in sealed list
Christine Giordano Hanlon dropped the “Acting” from her title and became Monmouth County Clerk when the NJ Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination to replace M.Claire French. Hanlon was elected to her own five year term on November 3.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman cleared Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in the allegations lodged at her by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. Zimmer alleged that Guadagno delivered a message from Governor Chris Christie threatening to withhold Sandy relief funds if Hoboken did not approve a development application by the Rockefeller Group.
Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was sentenced to five years in federal prison for his convictions related to his acquisition of Burke Farm.
David Wildstein pleaded guilty in the Bridgegate scandal, claiming that the George Washington Bridge lane closures in September of 2013 were political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for failing to endorse Governor Chris Christie’s reelection. Bridget Ann Kelly and Bill Baroni were indicted in the matter. Wildstein’s attorney claimed that Christie knew about the lane closures while they were occurring. Christie claimed that U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s indictment announcement cleared the governor of any wrong doing in the matter.Posted: December 28th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Bill Baroni, Bridgegate, Bridget Ann Kelly, Christine Giordano Hanlon, David Wildstein, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Lt Gov Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, Year in review 2015 | Comments Off on Year in review: May 2015
NEWARK–In the first defense motions challenging the evidence in the George Washington Bridge scandal, lawyers for two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie late Tuesday complained the government failed to produce “critical facts essential to their ability to prepare for trial.” They also said that the mountain of documents produced by the government against Bill Baroni,… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 11th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: Bill Baroni, Bridgegate, Bridgegate trial, Bridget Ann Kelly, Chris Christie, David Wildstein | 4 Comments »