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Governor's Office Subpoenaed, Christie Confirms

The New Jersey governor discussed the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal during a radio appearance.

Gov. Chris Christie acknowledged his office has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney as part of an investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal.

Christie said his office would cooperate fully with investigators after confirming the subpoena during a radio appearance on NJ101.5's Ask the Governor program Monday night. 

"We had already communicated to them that we would cooperate voluntarily. They decided to send a subpoena and that's fine," Christie said.

Christie's radio appearance comes on the heels of accusations leveled by an attorney for former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein. The attorney, Alan L. Zegas, said "evidence exists" that Christie knew about the lane closures while they were happening.

Christie's office dismissed the claims, saying he had no knowledge of the political motivation behind the closures. The governor reiterated that he had nothing to do with the action during the radio appearance.

"The most important issue is did I know anything about the plan to close these lanes, did I authorize it, did I know about it, did I approve it, did I have any knowledge of it beforehand. And the answer is still the same. It's unequivocally no," Christie said.
M.T. February 06, 2014 at 09:14 AM
And Obamacare solves medical bankruptcies how, exactly? Obamacare is a payday for insurance companies. You aren't serious with that comment I hope. The website is a travesty and we've wasted billions of dollars on it. My sister is one of the 5 million people who lost her insurance coverage. My neighbor cannot see any one of his old physicians because they aren't in his network. What happened to being able to keep your coverage/doctor if you want to? Oh wait, nevermind.
M.T. February 06, 2014 at 09:25 AM
I wasn't passing judgment on Woody Allen. I just know he's beloved by the lunatics on the left who will afford the benefits of our system to rapists and murderers but not for our own Governor. Funny when the shoe is on the other foot though, right? All those civil liberties are great...just not for people who disagree with your politics. Are you drunk? Christie said that ultimate responsibility lies with him. Watch the press conference on youtube if you need clarification. Obama steered $300 million of Medicaid funds to Louisiana to get Landrieu to support Obamacare. They wanted to offer millions to Nelson of Nebraska as well. All the towns that got Sandy money were hit by Sandy and the projects (senior housing in Belleville) were good public policy anyway. They weren't bridges to nowhere.
Mac February 06, 2014 at 09:33 AM
any updates on the Sharon Tate murders you'd like to discuss here?
BellairBerdan February 06, 2014 at 09:51 AM
M.T. you said "Innocent until proven guilty. You know, like what you liberals are probably saying regarding the latest Woody Allen sex abuse accusations." You want us to believe you weren't somehow passing judgement? You want to think that by questioning you on the statement you pulled out of air is somehow supporting Allen? You want to tell the people still homeless after the storm that the money destined to go to them should go to something totally unrelated because it's good public policy anyway? You want to compare support of a policy that benefits all to payouts to purely benefit oneself in the form of a personal political endorsement? You want to tell people paying $18 a day going over the GWB that the money gets steered to pet projects of connected employees and not for the upkeep of the Port Authority facilities?
M.T. February 06, 2014 at 04:34 PM
I wasn't passing judgment on Allen, so don't read that into my comment. I have already heard from certain members of the Hollywood community chirping about the presumption of innocence regarding Allen. Nicholas Kristof wrote the same in the introduction he posted at the beginning of Dylan Farrow's open letter where she accuses Allen. Woody Allen gets the benefits of the presumption of innocence, just like Christie, and anyone else in America. Bottom line. Many people displaced from Sandy are in housing paid for by the state and many more have already gotten money but are choosing not to rebuild. Also, many people had seasonal homes down there and it wasn't a primary residence and they are debating whether or not to rebuild. Stop with the dramatics like there are hundreds of people living on the streets down the Shore keeping warm from bonfires in oil drums. I'm not saying things aren't bad but you are saying "homeless people" like we have skid row down there. Not all of the Sandy money is a direct hand out to property owners. Lots of it is for infrastructure spending and marketing so people come and spend their summers down the shore. Additionally, many property owners had flood insurance and filed claims through FEMA. Lastly, why wouldn't Christie just hand out money on the spot to homeowners down the shore and buy their votes that way? That's his base down there, why would he punish them, exactly? And yeah I go over the GWB and pay that toll but the Port Authority is a bi-state agency and it needs to be financed some way. Like any inter-jurisdictional bureaucracy there is politicking (i.e., MTA, PIP, etc.) and turf wars. I live in Fort Lee and the Bridge is in fine shape. It's always being resurfaced/repaired and as far as I know is structurally sound. I know an engineer for the port authority who has openly stated that bridge could easily support a third level but the problem would be linking it to roads on either side. Don't worry though, maybe in 2017 we'll have another democratic governor and transparency/accountability/political purism will be back in full swing. Ya know, since the democrat party in this state has such a fine track record of good government (sarcasm).
M.T. February 06, 2014 at 04:55 PM
And the housing in Belleville was already planned and ready to go. The Sandy money used on it came out of a community block grant that was used as gap financing for dozens of projects. As a condition of using that money the senior center is being marketed to seniors effected by sandy and sandy victims get first dibbs. I see nothing wrong with altering the criteria for residents so that the project got built. It's important to find shovel-ready projects so the housing is up and running now, as opposed to being mired in red tape for years. Belleville received no other Sandy-related funds (despite being damaged in the storm) and a developer, not the town, applied for those funds. Sanzari construction has been doing pay-to-play with democrat lawmakers for years (Sen. Paul Sarlo is the COO of Sanzari). He got road projects through the stimulus because of his connections to Steve Rothman and Joe Biden.
BellairBerdan February 06, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Well M.T. you certainly are partisan aren't you? It's all about labels with you. You want to continue investigating Democrats even though we've been through years or hearings already but want to squash any investigation into Christie. You want to sweep under the rug any malfeasance he's done but you are already primed to announce your disgust when a Democrat comes into office. With people like you nothing will ever get solved. I was affected by Sandy too. My lights flickered. Where's my $6million? To your question why would Christie punish his base at the shore? That would be good to investigate, but I suppose it is because he stopped running for governor 3 years ago. Their votes will never count in his desire to be president. NJ will go Dem. But that money he gets from the developers sure does count. It's always been first class all the way for Christie. He was investigated for his expenses when he was Attorney General. His insistence in being treated like a star was why Romney didn't pick him as a running mate. He spent twice as much on that shore advertising just so he and his family could be figured prominently in the ads. If you're not bothered by any of that then you're just a partisan hack.
M.T. February 06, 2014 at 11:31 PM
I never said to stop the bridge investigation. You need to read more carefully. It should be investigated and is. But you need EVIDENCE to PROVE Christie KNEW. So all these people saying "impeach Christie" without any evidence are the true partisan hacks. I guess due process doesn't exist for republicans in your world? Do I need to draw it out with crayons on poster board for you? So those people down the Shore didn't vote in 2013? Certainly he needed their support to get re-elected in a landslide victory (which would bolster is appeal as a presidential candidate). You just want to embellish the facts surrounding the bridge scandal because you are the partisan hack. I'm viewing it objectively and have yet to see any evidence directly linking Christie to it. It's hard to deal with, I know, that pesky requirement of evidence. Regarding the shore advertising- Christie is a national figure who has tremendous name recognition and appeal. I know it bothers you liberals terribly that he has a national profile and people like him. He was a good spokesman for the shore recovery efforts. He was on the news everyday in the aftermath of the storm and people associate him with Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts. The ads were part of that rebuilding image because he was our representative to the nation during that time. I suppose you're going to say it was wrong he went on SNL after the storm too? He had ten times as much money as Buono and was crushing her in every poll. Those ads were not part of some strategy to get some bump in the polls and eek out a victory. It made no difference. Well someone read double-down, didn't they?! Nothing partisan/bias coming from Jon Heilman...If you are basing what you "know" off of some reporters book built off of hearsay and insiders who have scores to settle and grudges, well, you are beyond lost.
BellairBerdan February 07, 2014 at 10:51 AM
M.T. I truly appreciate you offering to take out your crayons for me, but you'd have to pull them out of the same place you're pulling your excuses and quite frankly I do not have the Woody Allen obsession that you do. I never said impeach Christie. He will be counseled to resign. You have this insane idea that Patch is a court of law. It is not. But even in a court of law evidence is accumulated by testimonies. Everything you want to ignore. Your excuse for Christie using twice as much money in shore advertising is because of his national name recognition and association with the shore? Wouldn't someone like Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi be more recognized and more associated with positive aspects of the Jersey Shore than Christie and his family? People like you won't even accept a birth certificate as proof. You will ignore everything to keep your view unchanged.
Ridgewood Mom February 07, 2014 at 12:05 PM
This is not partisan. Christie's approval rating is not only down with Democrats, but also with independents and mainstream Republicans as well. Christie is only polling favorably amongst the far right.
Andy Pat February 07, 2014 at 03:22 PM
I guess John Dill(mar)do supports Christie bc "if you disagree with me you must be stupid" As to jerseytomato-I will cite sources and/or provide links for peer-reviewed published articles. But as a responding commenter here on Patch please take it from me-I'm right!
Andy Pat February 07, 2014 at 03:29 PM
We have not seen evidence or testimony directly linking CC to any scandal. However, the circumstantial evidence is building steadily. Will he wait for direct evidence and testimony to emerge? Even Nixon knew to resign before the impeachment came. A majority of people already believe he had prior knowledge. I'd hate to be the defense attorney trying to select a jury.
M.T. February 09, 2014 at 10:03 AM
I wouldn't dare suggest that Patch is a court of law. There's far too much logic and reasoning that goes into building a case before a court. I wouldn't imagine anyone on this message board to have the brain stem for that. All I'm saying is to understand it in the abstract. The scandal has to go away after a certain amount of time if there is no direct evidence/proof linking Christie to ordering or approving the lane closures. You can't force someone to resign or impeach them without any evidence or proof. Lastly, as of now, Zimmer's accusations are essentially "she said, she said" between Zimmer and Guadagno. I'm not a partisan hack. I voted for Christie twice but I also voted for Obama and Booker. I'm an independent. But you folks on here allow your partisan fervor to distort basic logic and reasoning. Get a grip.
M.T. February 09, 2014 at 10:19 AM
And you're right- evidence can be accumulated through testimony. The problem is we don't have any. The larger problem is you need CREDIBLE testimony. So someone like Wildstein, who plead the fifth and is looking for a deal for immunity, is the least credible witness imaginable. Could you find a more discredited, self-interested individual who would say anything to save his own skin? Find a whistleblower or credible witness, produce e-mails/recordings of Christie ordering the closures, and I'll be the first person to sign a petition for his resignation or impeachment. Same with the Zimmer allegations. It's easy to bark on patch saying "you know he knew" and "impeach Christie" but it's a much harder thing to build a case against an individual. And we can debate the benefits of various people being on commercials, I'm not a PR specialist so I don't know if Jovi would have been better for the commercials. All I meant was that Christie was our national representative during the storm. He went on SNL, national news outlets, etc. He had a certain gravitas at that moment in time and a national profile. Again- he was beating Buono in every poll at that point. It's not like he needed the free media to win re-election. I suppose you're going to say that a month of commercials marketing for the Jersey Shore led to him winning 60% of the vote?
BellairBerdan February 09, 2014 at 10:24 AM
"Could you find a more discredited, self-interested individual who would say anything to save his own skin?" Yes. Chris Christie.
Mac February 09, 2014 at 11:26 AM
@M.T. - you have made the best case to date as to why itssoeasyinnj - it's like saying "I'm NJ - Buy Me'
Pat February 09, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Bellair, when I think of self-interested people, Obama comes to mind. Doesn't care that the majority of Americans want the ACA gone, it's his signature legislation and the hell with everyone negatively affected, and there are a lot if them. I really wish each party would stop acting like their democrat or republican is any different than the other. I've recently seen interested people on BOTH sides claim the 5th! Pots calling kettles black! Wake the hell up! There isn't a politician in this country that isn't corrupt. It's been that way for years. Any decent candidate running gets nonsense attacks about them or their families until they drop out. I'm sick to death of it! As far as Woody Allen, the guy who had a relationship with his 19 year old step-daughter, at the age of 56 is sickening! Did he molest Dylan? Don't know, but I'll tell you this, some 56 year old man comes sniffing around my 19 year old daughter, he'll regret it. This country has lost all sense of integrity, character and morality. I'm disgusted.
BellairBerdan February 09, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Pat, there were 2 elections where the majority of the voters chose Obama and his policies. Personally I haven't had any problems with the ACA. But let me get this clear. Your view is that all politicians are corrupt. you're sick to death of it and you're disgusted. But you don't want anything done about Christie. Let me guess. You're one of those regressive independents that will only complain and take no responsibility. You don't want to fix it.
M.T. February 09, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Pat- Bellair is one of those people who comes out into the public domain and attempts to create all sorts of confusion and distort facts. They know as of now there's no proof/evidence otherwise Christie would have resigned or been impeached. That's a basic fact. So the left wing bomb throwers just cloud message boards and the airwaves with utter nonsense, one-liners, and quick comebacks without really acknowledging that presently there's no proof trying Christie to the lane closures or proof verifying alleged threats made to Zimmer. But that doesn't stop the embittered public employee unions and their frontmen in Trenton from spewing nonsense online (and MSNBC). The fact is Christie has done an enormous amount for this state. He reformed public pensions, which are destroying states and running municipalities like Vallejo, CA and Detroit into bankruptcy. He reformed teacher tenure so kids, including under-privileged ones who don't have the best home life, have the best educator in front of them every day. He capped property tax increases to 2% (which for us Bergen County residents is a very big deal) and is truly the taxpayers advocate. But people like Bellair don't want to hear about that. They prefer to determine guilt before investigations have concluded. And regarding the ACA, with each passing day we are getting more and more bad news. The CBO report that just came out showed that the Obamacare subsidies would induce workers at the margins to leave the workforce, maybe costing the economy the equivalent of 800k full-time workers because they'd be better off leaving full-time work (or work altogether) and keep the subsidized care. Business don't want to reach 50+ employees so as to avoid the Obamacare obligations. Young people aren't enrolling, so they can't finance the system for the older and more sickly that will use more. We spent $1billion on a website that still doesn't work. I personally know people who have lost their coverage and can't see their doctors anymore (direct contradictions to what we were told). So congratulations. Those are tremendous accomplishments.
Pat February 10, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Belair, the last election most definitely would have had a different outcome if the truth about the ACA was known. Where did I say nothing should be done if there is evidence of CC giving his blessing on the traffic jam? That said, if no evidence is brought forth, I will consider whether it was an attempt to tarnish his reputation for a possible 16 presidential run. Just wondering, do you believe Obama should be punished for the ACA lies? He knew full well his If you like your insurance mantra was utter bs. What about that IRS mess? Talk about responsibility! LOL! Please don't tell me about all the bogus investigations where no victims were interviewed, Lerner plead the 5th, etc. Come on, man. You don't have to be a crazy right winger to see what's right in front of our eyes. I think for myself and won't swallow what's being spoon fed by anyone.
BellairBerdan February 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Pat, MT, this article is about Christie's office being subpenaed on both a state and federal level. If you can't stay on topic and want go off on tangents it means you've lost the argument and it makes you look simple and obsessive, much like Christie attacking what someone did in high school. The fact remains you have a lot of people saying the same thing. You won't accept that. You choose to side with someone who was found to be libelous against his political rivals, had to pay restitution and put an apology in the newspaper. Christie lied about the Race to the Top loss, using the same words and excuses he is using now. Are we to believe he is so inept to not know what is going on in his office or are we to think he isn't telling the truth? If it doesn't make sense it isn't true!
Pat February 10, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Bellair, as stated, if evidence proves CC is guilty, he should suffer the consequences. My comparison to the administration scandals are to highlight there is corruption on ALL sides. Your lack of that acknowledgement, in spite of the obvious, speaks volumes.
BellairBerdan February 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Pat, I would prefer to stay on topic. Why can't you? If I ask you what time it is, why do you have to scream " IT'S TIME TO INVESTIGATE BENGHAZI FOR THE 300TH TIME!" But I wonder how you demand evidence for Christie yet are happy to conclude how an election should have turned out but didn't.
M.T. February 11, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Bellair, the conversation shifted because folks were accusing Christie of lying and saying he should be impeached. Some of us thought a comparative approach would be beneficial in showing some commentators' hypocrisy and willingness to apply a double standard to the President related to certain scandals surrounding him and his administration. But we can stay on topic- the Governor's office received subpoenas and Christie is complying. Good. Then people started saying "impeach Christie" and going off topic into why Christie should resign. If the article mentioned a smoking gun that implicated Christie those comments would be warranted, but not in an article just saying subpoenas were issued. Double standard much?
M.T. February 11, 2014 at 01:59 PM
And your comment, the first one of the article, mentioned Obama scandals. We shouldn't respond directly to what you say?
M.T. February 11, 2014 at 02:01 PM
My mistake actually, disregard my previous comment. Forgot there were earlier comments to load. Guess that says something about your undying commitment to tit for tat exchanges on the web.
BellairBerdan February 11, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Lol MT, you're funny after being the one to compare this child molestation and Obama. Thanks for playing!
Ridgewood Mom February 11, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Chris Christie is either lying or incompetent.
BellairBerdan February 11, 2014 at 07:12 PM
So much for Christie cooperating as he said he would http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/02/10/gordon-governor-s-office-refuses-to-appear-before-legislative-committee/
Pat February 11, 2014 at 07:16 PM
Agree, Ridgewood. I have the same sentiment regarding our president.

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