U.S. Attorneys Subpoena Christie’s Re-Election Campaign

Prosecutors want to determine if federal laws were broken in bridge scandal

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U.S. attorneys issued subpoenas to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s re-election campaign this week, campaign lawyers said Thursday.

The subpoenas came as federal prosecutors advance their preliminary inquiry on whether aides to the governor intentionally snarled traffic in a New Jersey town for political revenge.

“We can confirm that the Christie for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee received subpoenas for documents from the U.S. Attorney’s office,” Mark Sheridan wrote in an email. Sheridan, a partner at Patton Boggs, is representing both the campaign and committee.

“All three subpoenas focus on the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge,” he added.

Earlier this month, documents were released revealing Christie aides and allies conspired to close lanes near the George Washington Bridge after the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J. refused to back the governor’s re-election bid. Christie has since apologized and fired a top aide implicated in the documents, but claims ignorance of the affair.

Christie’s re-election campaign has also received subpoenas from the state legislature. The inquiry by the office of U.S. attorney Paul Fishman, federal prosecutor of Newark, was announced earlier this month and focuses on whether federal laws have been broken.

“The campaign and the state party intend to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s office and the state legislative committee and will respond to the subpoenas accordingly,” Sheridan said.

26 comments
reallife
reallife

how is Senator Menendez and the Isaias brothers' investigation going?




meddevguy
meddevguy

The Federal Government is investigating the reelection of Governor Chris Christie. The crime (if proven) was moving traffic cones on a congested bridge, and a single conversation with a Mayor.


The same Federal Government had the IRS admit that it aimed its power at candidates in opposition to the President. Eight months ago both the President and the Attorney General said they were "outraged" and "would get to the bottom of it". No actions, except for the laughable appointment of a partisan Obama supporter to "investigate", but so far zero actions.


In other words, the Christie 'investigation' is a distraction by the Attorney General of the United States so that voters will not demand a Watergate II investigation by a Special Prosecutor.

BrooklynEmily
BrooklynEmily

This afternoon a Christie staffer said the George Washington Bridge lane closings were caused by an insensitive YouTube video. It might be a brilliant idea. That excuse has deterred subpoenas in the past. http://bit.ly/1hnmvab

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

I do have to admit that given the levels involved in all of this, if Christie didn't know about it, at the very least his ability to competently lead MUST be questioned.  How can something that involved, that public and originating that close to the top NOT be known AT ALL by the top?  Especially when you consider how "hands on" Christie's style has been, it strains the boundaries of credulity...

It's possible, I supposed, but that only means Christie is an incompetent buffoon incapable of acting in a leadership position, let alone as governor of a state.  He HIRED these people, meaning he can't even figure out if they're going to do their jobs or give in to illegal partisan-based abuses of power.  You'd think that kind of thing would be obvious in an interview.

Employer, "I know it's going to be tough, but can you work with Democrats?"

Employee, "Democrats are a disease, but if I have to I probably can as long as Republicans are in power."

Clue much?

If he DID know about it, then it's even worse.  Either way, Christie is done.  He's either an egregious power abuser (given NJ politics, this wouldn't surprise me), or an incompetent clown when it comes to leadership.  There isn't a whole lot of wiggle room in how one views this mess.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

If Christie knew, he's gone. If not, Clinton-Christie is going to be the best election in some time.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Dang - one minute it was right there to point and laugh at and then it was just gone.

jmac
jmac

Samson!   Christie's Port Authority top man who ignored the bridge closings and who's mentioned in the emails; whose firm represented the Rockefellow group wanting the zoning from Hoboken's mayor;  and whose firm was tapped to audit the Sandy Funds.  


He's going to need former Homeland Security lawyer Michael Chertoff.   His hands are dirty.  

roknsteve
roknsteve

And the plot gets thicker and documents are coming out.   

Diecash1
Diecash1

@meddevguy
The same Federal Government had the IRS admit that it aimed its power at candidates in opposition to the President.


Sheer delirium.  That's a ridiculously inaccurate take on the actions of the IRS.  Get a clue already.

harte.ryan
harte.ryan

@meddevguy You spin me right round meddevguy right round like a record baby right round.

DocLV
DocLV

@DeweySayenoff     Regarding Qbamacare, Benghazi and IRS


I do have to admit that given the levels involved in all of this, if Obama didn't know about it, at the very least his ability to competently lead MUST be questioned.  How can something that involved, that public and originating that close to the top NOT be known AT ALL by the top?  Especially when you consider how "hands on" Obama's style has been, it strains the boundaries of credulity...

It's possible, I supposed, but that only means Obama is an incompetent buffoon incapable of acting in a leadership position, let alone as president.    He HIRED these people, meaning he can't even figure out if they're going to do their jobs or give in to illegal partisan-based abuses of power.  You'd think that kind of thing would be obvious in an interview.

Employer, "I know it's going to be tough, but can you work with Repubs?"

Employee, "Repubs are a disease, but if I have to I probably can as long as Dems are in power."

Clue much?

If he DID know about it, then it's even worse.  Either way, Obama is done.  He's either an egregious power abuser (given Chicago polilitics, this wouldn't surprise me), or an incompetent clown when it comes to leadership.  There isn't a whole lot of wiggle room in how one views this mess.




jmac
jmac

@manslagt They'd run it if you had a story.   Why don't you conservatives get a reporter to actually come up with something?   Surely you have more than the likes of James O'Keefe.   O'Reilley/Hannity could actually play Maddow and get reporters on with reports.   She covered the bridge closing for months and months.   I didn't see one liberal coming on asking why the MSM didn't pick it up.


They had to have something!   It wasn't a story until they had something.  DUH.  



mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@manslagtIt would be even more interesting to see why any one would defend a man who has behaved like a mob boss?

MementoMori
MementoMori

@manslagt 

I thought they banned you, Groeny? Back for more?

Let's try to behave this time.

jmac
jmac

Well.   Three years ago Samson gave a $300,000 no bid contract to Chertoff Group, a consulting firm run by Michael Chertoff to study how to organize security at the Port Authority.   They were then hired to put the efforts into place at the cost of $1.5 million.   Now he's Samson's lawyer.    Jim Dwyer at About New York wonders whose paying the tab?  


What a web.   

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@roknsteve Why was I surprise with the fast presentation of evidence ? And was I surprise you were right this time because usually you were wrong. Do you have an inside connection to the case ? Do tell us Steve, please.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@Diecash1 @meddevguy 

meddvedguy just admitted that the non political orgs were expressly political anti 

Obama orgs not deserving tax fee status. 

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@DonQuixotic

@You make me laugh :-)

Diecash1
Diecash1

@TyPollard@Diecash1@meddevguy He's not the sharpest tool in the shed.  The real "bright lights" on the right are over at the Huckabee thread.  Let me say that teh stupid is strong there. 

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@CarlLegg 

It's a historical trend.  Every GOP nominee has been the runner up in the previous election going back to Ford.