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Old April 4th, 2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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Feds Closing In On Chris Christie As Bridgegate Investigation Turns Criminal

The Feds Are Closing In On Chris Christie as Bridgegate Investigation Turns Criminal




The US Attorney’s federal investigation into Bridgegate has turned into a criminal probe as the feds begin to close in on Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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The U.S. Attorney in New Jersey has convened a grand jury to investigate the involvement of Governor Chris Christie’s office in the George Washington Bridge scandal, ABC News has learned.

Twenty-three jurors convened in a federal courthouse in Newark today to hear testimony from a key staff member, Christie press secretary Mike Drewniak, whose lawyer, Anthony Iacullo, said Drewniak was not a target of the investigation.

The convening of the grand jury is evidence that the U.S. Attorney’s investigation has progressed beyond an inquiry and moved to the criminal phase.

This marks for the first time confirmation that what started out as a preliminary inquiry into the governor’s office has now become a criminal investigation into the activities that led to gridlock traffic across the bridge from Manhattan in Fort Lee.

Gov. Christie might want to put those 2016 presidential campaign plans on hold. While Bridgegate gets all the headlines, this may not be the only federal investigation that Christie will have to deal with. The feds are also looking into the New Jersey governor’s handling of Hurricane Sandy relief funds.

The investigation has morphed from an inquiry into possible wrongdoing to a grand jury investigating potential criminal activity surrounding Bridgegate. No wonder, Christie, was in such a hurry to release his own report where his lawyers declared him innocent.

Bridgegate is not going anywhere. Christie can hold all of the press conferences that he wants.

The governor can spend millions more in taxpayer dollars on sham investigations, but this scandal is not going to go away in time for him to run for president in 2016.

Christie is beyond politically damaged. Even if he did by some miracle win the 2016 Republican nomination, there is no way that he could win a general election contest against Hillary Clinton.

Even the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson don’t have enough money to solve Christie’s image problems.

Forget the Republican nomination, Chris Christie will be lucky to avoid federal prison.
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You do understand that convening a grand jury means that the federal investigation has turned up enough that warrants possible indictments, right? This is far, far from over.
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You do understand that convening a grand jury means that the federal investigation has turned up enough that warrants possible indictments, right? This is far, far from over.
Don't play his game WT. He knows how Federal Prosecutor's work. They work from the bottom up in a very slow and structured way. This Grand Jury will move to indict Bridgette Kelly and David Wildstein. Then their lawyers will move off their insistence of immunity and towards a plea deal. Then they'll start talking. It's going to be a slow drip drip method. The best is yet to come.
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Don't play his game WT. He knows how Federal Prosecutor's work. They work from the bottom up in a very slow and structured way. This Grand Jury will move to indict Bridgette Kelly and David Wildstein. Then their lawyers will move off their insistence of immunity and towards a plea deal. Then they'll start talking. It's going to be a slow drip drip method. The best is yet to come.
You're right on both counts. And yes, this is going to become more interesting for sure. I was called for grand jury duty in November and even then wondered about Christie and crew being investigated by one. I knew it wouldn't have been me who would have sat on it. But it was a fun thought. I would have made a good Grand Juror too, since I am not willing to charge people willy nilly even if their political party is not the same as mine. I don't like witch hunts anywhere for anyone. I would make a terrible D.A.
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Bingo !!!!!!!

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. Exclusive: Christie prosecutor gets its star witness to start talking

source: Esquire

david wildstein, the nj governor's man inside the port authority, replied to the infamous e-mail on "traffic problems in fort lee."

by scott raab on april 7, 2014

bad news for chris christie -- and very good news for the citizens of new jersey: Esquire has learned from sources close to the investigation that david wildstein, the former port authority operative who helped plan and execute the great fort lee clusterfk, is now cooperating with paul fishman, the federal prosecutor investigating the soon-to-be-ex-governor and his minions for criminal conduct. Fishman has also increased the number of investigators at work on the case, and has begun presenting evidence and witnesses to a grand jury in newark.

Wildstein was forced to quit his pa job in december, before fort lee’s corpses bobbed to the surface. Christie, who went to high school with wildstein and put him at the pa as “director of interstate capital projects” -- a job created just for him -- helped edit the media statement thanking wildstein “for his service to the people of new jersey and the region.”

in january, wildstein refused to testify before a new jersey legislative committee investigating last september’s george washington bridge lane closures, citing his 5th amendment protection against self-incrimination. It was wildstein’s cache of e-mails and texts, provided to the committee, that featured the instantly immortal exchange between christie’s former deputy chief of staff, bridget kelly (“time for some traffic problems in fort lee”) and wildstein (“got it”).

Christie fired kelly in early january. Both her lawyer and wildstein’s have said their clients would cooperate with investigators in exchange for immunity from prosecution. The recently released, 360-page “christie report” -- commissioned by christie, crafted by the same law firm christie hired to answer investigators’ subpoenas of his own office, touted by christie as “vindication,” and paid for by new jersey taxpayers -- found that of all of the folks working in the governor’s, and all the others he appointed to executive positions at the pa, only wildstein and kelly had any knowledge that fort lee’s nightmare was caused by anything other than an ill-conceived but genuine port authority traffic study.

Read more: Christie Prosecutor Gets Its Star Witness to Start Talking - Esquire
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funny this investigation may keep Christie from running for president--but Hilary can?? who has the higher death toll?
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funny this investigation may keep Christie from running for president--but Hilary can?? who has the higher death toll?
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Yawn Christie cleared. oops.

Hillary is not going to be POTUS she will not even get the nomination.
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Yawn Christie cleared. oops.

Hillary is not going to be POTUS she will not even get the nomination.
I'm really hoping you are right! dems aren't the smartest people when voting...
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