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Christie Crime Digest Volume III [View all]

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O.K. sports fans, it's time for Christie Crime Digest Volume III-The Prosecution! This has been a long saga and there's a long way to go. You can catch up on how we got here by visiting Crime Digest Volume I and Volume II that detail the road to this point-wherever that may be. I encourage you to go back and visit both to get the right perspective on what this really means. It is SO MUCH MORE than just the bridge. A lot has been going on so it's taken some time for me to begin to put this volume together. But I'm on it now. Rocktivity, Malaise, PNWMom, Spanone, Yortsed Snacilbuper-here we go.

So if you think that the announcement of indictments against three of Christie's cronies is the end of this story, think again. It's just starting to get interesting. There are going to be some ups and downs. The plot gets darker. There will be some twists and turns. Who knows where we're headed. I do know this is important beyond just NJ. This is about accountability and abuse of power. It's about the hijacking of government and it's functions for personal purposes. Whether or not there is a price to pay for these actions in the case of Mr. Christie will speak volumes about our system of government. It may have a bad ending, or it may end well. I prefer to be optimistic.

When last we left the story we were speculating if U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman was approaching a defining moment in his career.....

Hold on to your butts boys and girls, the roller coaster ride is just beginning

201. He's not a rich guy, "just getting by" on more than $700.000 a year! Christie fails to report income, avoids $152,000 in taxes: http://watchdog.org/211787/christie-avoids-income-taxes/ Taxes are for the little people.

202. "But I know I want to spend a lot of time with my family," Mary Pat Christie said. Mary Pat Christie leaves Wall Street job: http://articles.philly.com/2015-04-25/news/61522154_1_the-christies-mary-pat-christie-matt-lauer I see Mary Pat has the same casual relationship with the truth as her husband.

203. Mr. Samson extorting a personal flight from United Air Lines? The Dinner Proposal That Led United Into Corruption Probe: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-28/the-dinner-proposal-that-led-united-into-corruption-probe This ought to be interesting.

204. And the first shoe drops! Documents: Read Wildstein plea agreement, Kelly and Baroni indictment:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/document_read_david_wildsteins_plea_agreement_cour.html Keep your derriere in the chairriere! Kablaam!

*And for those who like original documents (and I know you're out there) here is the indictment: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2071178-bridget-kelly-and-bill-baroni-indictment.html and Wildstein's plea agreement: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2071160-wildstein-david-information.html -some very interesting reading.

205. Christie was cleared! Well not really-Chris Christie’s problems are just beginning: Why the Bridgegate indictments don’t clear his name:http://www.salon.com/2015/05/02/chris_christies_problems_are_just_beginning_why_the_bridgegate_indictments_dont_clear_his_name/ It's not looking good for our favorite governor.

206. It's not all good news-Amid Headline-Grabbing Bridgegate Indictments, Hoboken Probe Comes to End:http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/05/01/amid-headline-grabbing-bridgegate-indictments-hoboken-probe-quietly-comes-to-end/ This is extremely disappointing.

207. There's a lot going on and a lot to keep track of- Making Sense of Latest Events in Long-Running Drama Known as ‘Bridgegate’:http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/05/01/making-sense-of-latest-events-in-long-playing-drama-known-as-bridgegate/ keeping up is going to get harder.

208. This is going to be a very interesting couple of weeks Questions remain on who else was involved in GWB saga, status of ex-Port Authority chairman: http://www.northjersey.com/news/questions-remain-on-who-else-was-involved-in-gwb-saga-status-of-ex-port-authority-chairman-1.1324435 I'm sure there are some good answers coming.

209. What's it all about? Making the Bridgegate case: How Feds threaded the needle:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/making_the_bridgegate_case_how_the_feds_threaded_t.html#incart_river These three were more evil than anybody imagined!

* A good summary can be found here as well-Inside the Bridgegate plot: Lies, vengeance and an epic traffic jam:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/inside_the_bridgegate_plot_lies_vengeance_and_an_epic_traffic_jam.html#incart_most-read_politics_article

210. Since Christie is just getting by financially, it's good the taxpayers can cover his travel costs Travel club: Cost of Christie cops continues to climb: http://watchdog.org/213020/christie-travel-cops/ He's just the greatest!

211. I'm sure all DU readers will immediately go to this page and help poor Bridget Kelly out- Bridget Kelly Legal Defense Fund:https://www.bridgetannekellydefense.com/ She's counting on us!

212. How about his grip on the rest of us?Christie’s Grip on Republican Politics in New Jersey Shows Signs of Slipping: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/nyregion/christies-grip-on-republican-politics-in-new-jersey-shows-signs-of-slipping.html?ref=nyregion&_r=0 Bye Bye Chris.

It's never a good day when you find yourself drawn by a courtroom artist

213. Here's an understatement if I ever saw one-With Bridge Case Charges, a Cloud Descends on Christie’s White House Hopes:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/nyregion/charges-in-bridge-scandal-pose-trouble-for-chris-christie.html?action=click&contentCollection=N.Y.%20%2F%20Region&module=RelatedCoverage Couldn't happen to a nicer guy!

214. What does $7.5 million get you? Sharp contrasts in GWB probes: Mastro report's narrative more favorable to Christie:http://www.northjersey.com/news/sharp-contrasts-in-gwb-probes-mastro-report-s-narrative-more-favorable-to-christie-1.1324672 Yes Randy, there's nothing to challenge your findings-EXCEPT the part about it being a scheme hatched by senior Christie confidantes to inflict maximum damage on a mayor who didn't play ball.

215. They're both innocent I tell ya! Bridgegate scandal: Kelly, Baroni enter not guilty pleas in federal court: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/bridgegate_kelly_baroni_in_federal_court.html#incart_2box_nj-homepage-featured I like the part about Baroni clasping hands with Bridget-heartwarming- or is it heart worming?

216. Wouldn't THIS be interesting! Chris Christie May Have To Testify In The BridgeGate Trial Of His Former Cronies:http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/bill-baroni-bridget-anne-kelly-bridgegate The only question will be if he is in NJ long enough to testify-he's in Mississippi today meeting with his pal Haley "no bid Sandy contract" Barbour.

*And the legal proceedings may reveal even more interesting facts-‘Unindicted’ and anonymous: Names of possible co-conspirators in GWB case could come out at trial: http://www.northjersey.com/news/unindicted-and-anonymous-names-of-possible-co-conspirators-in-gwb-case-could-come-out-at-trial-1.1330469 How long will people keep quiet?

217. Keep sticking to that story! The Bridgegate outrage that nobody is talking about : http://www.salon.com/2015/05/04/the_bridgegate_outrage_that_nobody_is_talking_about/ This is some pretty damning stuff.

218. If you know what's good for you you'll stop asking quetions Chris Christie Vetoes Anti-Corruption Law To Limit Wall Street Campaign Cash : http://www.ibtimes.com/chris-christie-vetoes-anti-corruption-law-limit-wall-street-campaign-cash-1907717 Nobody needs to know about his sweetheart deals with high school buddies and big donors.

219. This goes back to Volume I-Christie Dodges Questions About Sandy Funds Spent on Luxury Highrise in New Brunswick: http://newbrunswicktoday.com/article/christie-dodges-questions-about-sandy-funds-spent-luxury-highrise-new-brunswick# I wonder what favors qualified this project for Sandy relief money?

220. Whistling past the graveyard again? Yes, Chris Christie Is Still Planning To Run For President. Here's Why : http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/05/04/yes-chris-christie-is-still-planning-to-run-for-president-here-s-why There's nothing to worry about, is there. There's no doubt he brings entertainment value to the race.

221. This is not really new to followers of the Crime Digest but the fact that it may be coming to the forefront certainly is! Chris Christie’s fresh humiliation: The new scandal that could finally put the kibosh on his presidential hopes:http://www.salon.com/2015/05/08/chris_christies_fresh_humiliation_the_scandal_that_could_finally_put_the_kibosh_on_his_presidential_hopes_partner/ More indictments? What a lovely thought. (what exactly IS a kibosh?)

222. Once again the interests of the people of NJ are last on Christie's list-Christie vetoes environmental clean up funding bill pushed after Exxon settlement:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/christie_vetoes_environmental_clean_up_funding_bil.html#incart_river Just when you think he can't be any more despicable!

223. In our latest episode of Chris Christie-Fiscal Conservative, our hero is busy running up big catering bills on the taxpayer's dime-Christie buys $300K of food & booze with NJ expense account: http://watchdog.org/217942/christie-nj-expense-account/ The fact that this amount could probably have permanently endowed our local food bank is reason enough to be outraged.

224. On this week's installment of Chris Christie-Stand up Guy we find the Governor boldly evading blame-Christie says he 'can't be responsible' for allies' actions in Bridgegate:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/christie_says_he_cant_be_held_responsible_for_brid.html#incart_river Now THAT is real leadership!

Now about that contract with the Port Authority old buddy, old pal-We're friends, right?

225. Well, anyone following the many chapters of the Crime Digest knows this but it's good to see it go a little mainstream-5 Chris Christie scandals that blow #Bridgegate out of the water: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/16/5_chris_christie_scandals_that_blow_bridgegate_out_of_the_water_partner/ Yet he continues to run for President-go figure.

226. Alright, now we're entering delusional territory-Christie: Jersey loves me too much to let me go as president: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/christie_says_nj_voters_dont_think_hed_be_a_good_p.html#incart_river Does he really believe this?

*An editorial commenting on this delusional talk-Gov. Christie loses his marbles on national TV:http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/05/gov_christie_loses_his_marbles_on_national_tv_edit.html#incart_river The most important quote in all three volumes so far-"It’s no wonder that New Jersey is screaming a warning to the rest of the country". Take heed indeed.

227. You see, he's not like the rest of us-Christie's lavish gifts as governor not personal income, AG says:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/christies_lavish_gifts_as_governor_not_personal_in.html#incart_river This from the "don't take so much as a sandwich from a local deli owner" governor. This is as disgusting as his bloated pock marked face.

*And for the original document lovers among us here is the actual opinion from his pet acting attorney general: http://www.nj.gov/oag/oag/ag-opinion-2015-1.pdf And for his next trick Mr. Hoffman will roll over-wait, he just did that one.

228. We all owe Christie a heartfelt apology! Christie compares coverage of GWB and Clinton email scandals; says media bias apparent:http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie-compares-coverage-of-gwb-and-clinton-email-scandals-says-media-bias-apparent-1.1340265 At least he didn't scream Bengazi! Oh wait, I think he did.

229. If your opponent is choleric of temper, irritate him-Election 2016: Chris Christie Delivered Profanity-Laced Tirade At NJ Press Dinner: http://www.ibtimes.com/election-2016-chris-christie-delivered-profanity-laced-tirade-nj-press-dinner-1933792 Just a few more jabs and I see a full-blown melt down! Now that will be some interesting video.

230. Fasten your seat belts! There are other dangers out there besides Bridgegate! Turbulence Ahead: Chris Christie and the 'Chairman's Flight' : http://bit.ly/1GtkFDb The U.S. Attorney is not finished digging in Christie's cespool. (now there's a disgusting thought!) Ah, fly the "friendly skies" of United!

231. As a new summer season is upon us it's time to reflect on Christie's crowning achievement-Hurricane Sandy recovery! Three years after Sandy, Jersey shore struggles to recover: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2015/05/21/jersey-shore-still-recovering-post-sandy-summer-nears/GTXl47kS8tRIOu0QEZpP9M/story.html Well if you're politically connected or your mayor endorsed Christie, you might have gotten some of that $4.8 billion-otherwise, you're probably out of luck.

232. The missing materials from the Mastro "investigation" should make for some interesting discussion in the prosecution of Kelly & Baroni-Just When Christie Thinks He's Outta Bridgegate, It Pulls Him Back In:http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/just-when-christie-thinks-hes-outta-bridgegate-it-pulls-him-back-in You've really got to explain how a $7.5 million publicly funded effort produces this kind of shoddy work. Mastro is a maestro-isn't he?

233. Drip, drip, drip....better call a plumber Governor Christie!-Ex-Official Says Chris Christie Broke Grand Jury Law:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/08/nyregion/statement-says-chris-christie-broke-grand-jury-law.html Wildstein's involvement in a civil suit sheds some light on Christie's methods of operation.

*For those who like original documents-here are Wildstein's answer's to interrogatories in the civil suit-https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2094494/david-wildstein-statement.pdf Very interesting reading!

234. And yet another disgruntled former ally of the Governor speaks out about his dealings with Fort Lee-Was Fort Lee mayor a long-term political target?: http://www.northjersey.com/news/was-fort-lee-mayor-a-long-term-political-target-1.1351023?page=all Mr. Christie's lies being exposed one by one.

235. Harken back to entries #2, #18, #73 & #121-Former Christie aide slapped with $500 fine for conflict of interest:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/ethics_commission_fines_former_christie_aide_500.html#incart_river Wow, $500! As we said before, when you're unethical, it pays to control the ethics committee. It's all for sale folks-even a globally significant environmental region. I mean, what are the world's ecosystems worth compared to a huge stock bonus?

236. The shady deals and insider influence behind the American Dream Mega Mall. Smells worse than the Hackensack mud flats at low tide in the summer. The Saga of Christie, Samson and the American Dream Mega Mall. Read Part 1 here: http://www.thenation.com/blog/180471/saga-christie-samson-and-american-dream-megamall-part-i
then read part 2 here: http://www.thenation.com/blog/180497/saga-christie-samson-and-american-dream-megamall-part-ii . This should have been it's own entry a long time ago.

I wanted to caption this photo but I really can't think of anything that would explain this!

237. In the latest chapter of our favorite adventure story-Chris Christie-Financial Genius-we find our hero doing his best for the NJ economy-N.J.'s economic growth ranks near bottom in U.S.:http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2015/06/economic_activity_inched_up_in_nj_in_2014_but_stat.html No doubt the work of the evil public employees and teachers, eh Chris. Imagine what he can do for (to) the country!

238. Remember that $7.5 million whitewash that Christie purchased from Gibson Dunn? Well it may very well be that Mr. Christie bought a bit more than he actually bargained for-Mastro Report Isn't Going Away Any Time Soon:http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/06/09/mastro-report-isn-t-going-away-any-time-soon Eventually lies will catch up to you.

239. I don't quite know what to make of this-GWB scandal: Baroni lawyers say prosecutors' request aimed at protecting Christie ‘inner circle' :http://www.northjersey.com/news/gwb-scandal-baroni-lawyers-say-prosecutors-request-aimed-at-protecting-christie-inner-circle-1.1354255 Are the rats turning on each other or is someone really protecting Christie and his inner circle? I just don't know. I can't really get my head around this pleading.

*And Bridget Kelly says-"me too!"-Kelly lawyer fights prosecutors' request to keep GWB evidence confidential: http://www.northjersey.com/news/kelly-lawyer-fights-prosecutors-request-to-keep-gwb-evidence-confidential-1.1355224 Like there's something in there she doesn't already know?

240. Well this should be funnier than back-to-back Seinfeld reruns every night-Christie could make formal 2016 announcement next week, report says:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/christie_could_be_days_away_from_formal_2016_annou.html#incart_river Why does this remind me of Gomez Addams' train set?

*Don't take my word for the embarrassment that is on it's way-Chris Christie is about to embarrass himself: The presidential fantasy he just can’t give up: http://www.salon.com/2015/06/25/chris_christie_is_about_to_embarrass_himself_the_presidential_fantasy_he_just_cant_give_up/ About to embarrass himself?

241. Hey America! Take a good close look at what Christie has been up to-Zzzzzz. As the Christie Campaign Heats Up, the Christie Statehouse Sleeps:http://bit.ly/1J1zMmu He's just the greatest!

242. Here's one that needs to be aired widely-From Rocktivity-Christie says like same-sex marriage, civil rights movement could have been settled through ballot referendum : http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/christie-says-civil-rights-movement-could-have-been-settled-through-a-ballot-referendum Spoken like only a privileged rich white guy can speak it.

243. And in case you haven't gotten the gist of this whole Christie Crime Digest thing yet-DANGER WILL ROBINSON!-After 14 years of watching Christie, a warning: He lies: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/06/after_14_years_of_watching_christie_a_warning_he_l.html#incart_river Forewarned is forearmed-or-don't ever let anybody say I didn't warn you.

244. An insightful summation of Mr.Christie's career and personality- Kelly: Christie enters the arena – Jersey style: http://www.northjersey.com/columnists/christie-enters-the-arena-jersey-style-1.1368884 A pretty accurate critique of Christie's style and a reminder of what the truth really is.

* The New York Times deigns to use facts to evaluate Christie as well-Gov. Chris Christie’s Phony Truth-Telling:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/opinion/gov-christies-phony-truth-telling.html?ref=topics It’s fundamentally nonsense. There are lines between brash and belligerent, between open and obnoxious, and, most important, between “telling it like it is” and not telling the truth. Mr. Christie crosses those lines all the time...

245. The campaign's on us! But will we get the same kind of political favors as his big donors? Christie's presidential campaign won't reimburse N.J. for troopers protecting him as he travels : http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie-s-presidential-campaign-won-t-reimburse-n-j-for-troopers-protecting-him-as-he-travels-1.1368279 It's good to be the king.

246. And sometimes the bizarre just doesn't quit when it comes to Mr. Christie- Mitt Romney Hosts A Sleepover With Marco Rubio And Chris Christie:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/03/mitt-romney-sleepover-mar_n_7725522.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013 Do you think they played Spin the Bottle?

247. As he enters the campaign fray, don't forget this- Christie And The Cowboys-Just The Tip Of The Iceberg: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026074161 We tend to have a very short attention span and this is something that should not pass unnoticed-do you think the entertainers posing as journalists have the guts to ask him about this as he does his talking heads tour? I'll bet the mortgage not one of them does.

248. The investigation into the Port Authority's use of funds for unauthorized projects continues to progress (quietly)-Port Authority road-funds probe intensifies: http://www.northjersey.com/news/port-authority-road-funds-probe-intensifies-1.1368743?page=all I wonder if any of these people will take a fall for Christie.

We're All Anxious To See The Backs Of The Christie Family As They Leave NJ

249. Back to Item #1-the Hunterdon County mess-Chris Christie Administration Whistleblower To Justice Department: Bridgegate Prosecutor May Be Compromised: http://www.ibtimes.com/chris-christie-administration-whistleblower-justice-department-bridgegate-prosecutor-1997095 I certainly hope this isn't true.

*You can read Mr. Barlyn's letter to the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch here: https://www.scribd.com/document_downloads/270721519?extension=pdf&from=embed&source=embed

**This is one that luckily just won't go away! Ex-prosecutor who claims Christie had allies' charges dropped wins battle for records: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/ex-prosecutor_who_claims_christie_had_allies_charg.html#incart_river Good for you Mr. Barlyn-don't ever give up!

***Mr. Barlyn is on a roll! Gov. Chris Christie's Office Made Inquiries In Hunterdon County Scandal, According To Documents:http://www.ibtimes.com/gov-chris-christies-office-made-inquiries-hunterdon-county-scandal-according-1821896 He's doing a much better job than Mr. Fishman with none of the power or resources of the U.S. Attorney-very interesting.

250. More evidence that being a FOC'er is good for your bottom line-Chris Christie Gives Taxpayer Subsidy To Donor Whose Lawsuit Helped Him Prosecute Democratic Financier: http://www.ibtimes.com/chris-christie-gives-taxpayer-subsidy-donor-whose-lawsuit-helped-him-prosecute-2006881 This whole sordid Kushner affair was the stuff of soap operas and bad movies. Not surprised to see Christie was in the middle of it.

251. The most interesting thing I took from this was the fact that Michelle Brown has parlayed her "public service" into a $450,000/yr. job-Lawsuit puts focus on ties between Christie, non-profit:http://www.northjersey.com/news/nj-state-news/lawsuit-puts-focus-on-ties-between-christie-non-profit-1.1378337 See item #10-Improper aid seems to be Ms. Brown's specialty!

252. There's a lot that's wrong with this and yet it all makes sense, in a weird sort of way: A Supermarket Tabloid Company is Funding Chris Christie's Super PAC:http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/chris-christie-super-pac-american-media Having the National Enquirer fund his continued campaign probably insures a certain level of material.

253. Yes, this is an old theme. It's good to be a FOC'er.(Friend of Christie) but we should keep hammering this-it may just sink in some day-Backing Christie Is Good Business for Bridge-and-Tunnel Lawyers:http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-06/backing-christie-is-good-business-for-bridge-and-tunnel-lawyers This all needs to end badly for Christie and his cronies.

254. Well civil suits have much different rules than criminal cases. This may just lead to some interesting revelations-Suit revived against Christie allies over GWB lane closings: http://www.northjersey.com/news/suit-revived-against-christie-allies-over-gwb-lane-closings-1.1388036 Thanks to Roctivity for keeping the faith.

255. Who does this guy work for anyway? Christie sells his soul to Norquist, and Jersey suffers: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/08/christies_no-tax_charade_imperils_njs_transportati.html#incart_river Pulling out all the stops to stop the bleeding.

256. Time for another chapter in the exciting series-Chris Christie Financial Genius! When last we left our hero, NJ was near the bottom of the country in economic growth. This time its jobs-New Jersey lost 26,100 jobs in two months :http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/new-jersey-lost-26-100-jobs-in-two-months-1.1395702 Heck of a job Christie!

257. Just in case you didn't know how things work-Cowboys owner to host Christie fundraiser, report says:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/08/cowboys_owner_to_host_christie_fundraiser_report_s.html#incart_river This has nothing to do with the Presidential election and everything to do with getting lucrative contracts back home in NJ.

258. Just like his big political bust-Operation Bid Rig- his "terrorism" prosecution was equally a sham- Did Chris Christie Send Entrapped Innocents to Jail? Re-examining the Case of the Fort Dix 5: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/25/did_chris_christie_send_entrapped_innocents Just a despicable human being.

259. No wonder he's on Jimmy Fallon's show so much-the man is a comedian!l Christie's laughable FedEx solution on immigration: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/31/opinions/reyes-chris-christie/ He'll be here all week folks and don't forget to tip your waiters!

260. Just when things looked quiet!United Airlines Chief Resigns Over Corruption Investigation:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/09/business/united-ceo-port-authority-investigation.html?_r=0 And dinner was so delicious-but it seems to have caused indigestion a year later!

*Oh the reach of this scandal-Tangled web of United, Port Authority and Christie pals extends to Atlantic City flights:http://www.newser.com/article/6c972dc7a006447eb2f4b8fcf60e0f60/tangled-web-of-united-port-authority-and-christie-pals-extends-to-atlantic-city-flights.html

**In the great scheme of things, this is relatively minor but it just goes to show the blind spot of Christie and his associates when it comes to ethics-NJ transportation chief denies ethics violation by attending meeting where United was discussed: http://www.northjersey.com/news/nj-transportation-chief-denies-ethics-violation-by-attending-meeting-where-united-was-discussed-1.1421343 At some point, isn't enough, enough?

Oh Look! Another item in the Christie Crime Digest!

261. A redux of entry # 132 back in Volume II-Chris Christie Financial Genius strikes again! Lottery privatized under Christie falls $136 million short: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150914_ap_4ba5f48a54c94fc3bafe127b97eebcc6.html?c=r But Northstar did donate $275,000 to the RGA!

* Well let's see where this goes-Lawmaker wants hearing on N.J. lottery shortfalls:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/09/lawmaker_wants_hearing_on_nj_lottery_shortfalls.html#incart_river Who needs hearings? They gave a ton of money to the RGA, they hired David Samson's law firm and Christie's buddy DuHaime to be their lobbyist and got a contract where they were the only bidder. Seems pretty straight forward to me.

262. Ah, the answers to all of Christie's problems-Christie: 'Just stop reading newspapers' on Samson investigation: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/09/christie_bridgegate_press.html Why is everybody always picking on me?

*Stop reading! It will only give you a headache! Disgraced United CEO Jeff Smisek Is the Reason for Income Inequality:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leo-w-gerard/disgraced-united-ceo-jeff_b_8129844.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592 Sheesh!

263. Don't you know who I am? Revealed: The Secret Origin of the Feud Between Chris Christie and NYPD: http://observer.com/2015/09/revealed-the-secret-origin-of-the-feud-between-chris-christie-and-nypd/ Why yes I do know-you're a loud mouthed obnoxious entitled asshole. Did I guess right?

* The mans a real charmer Chris Christie causes traffic outside Ground Zero before 9/11 ceremony to take phone call: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/wtc-visit-puts-chris-christie-new-jam-article-1.2359347 I'm Gumby dammit!

264. We've been following this for some time. Seems Mr. Mastro's firm is in a bit of a box and Mr. Critchley knows it-Lawyers insist firm must turn over Bridgegate notes:http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/lawyers_insist_firm_must_turn_over_bridgegate_note.html This appears to come under the category of "damned if you do, damned if you don't"

* and for some interesting original source reading, check out the pleadings- they're pretty fascinating for how this stuff goes: The brief- http://bit.ly/1iKCAg7 , the cover letter-http://bit.ly/1Kt40QA and the exhibits, which are really some "in your face" lawyering by Mr. Critchley, http://bit.ly/1Kt46Yk You've really got to take a look at this stuff.

265. Well we already knew this to be true- Chris Christie, Unfit to Lead:http://politickernj.com/2015/09/chris-christie-unfit-to-lead/ This is just another example of what a sleaze-bag Governor Christie is.

266. Maybe this is nothing- Sources:United Lobbyist, Now Christie Cabinet Member, Tried to Stop Bridgegate Probe:http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/09/28/united-lobbyist-now-christie-cabinet-member-pressed-for-halt-to-bridgegate-investigation
I had heard when he was hired that he was there to placate the Bridgegate committee and take the heat off of Christie-maybe that was true?

*Then again, maybe this IS something! NJ transportation commissioner Jamie Fox stepping down:http://www.northjersey.com/news/nj-transportation-commissioner-jamie-fox-stepping-down-1.1424405 Just a remarkable coincidence, right?

267. Start warming up your singing voice Baroni! You're going down! Port Authority: Former Christie Appointee Deleted Key Records: http://www.wnyc.org/story/port-authority-former-christie-appointee-deleted-key-records/ Don't go down alone! When it all comes crashing to the ground do we yell Jenga?

268. The master of hypocrisy strikes again!- Chris Christie Had Two Private Email Accounts; NJ Governor Blocks Release Of Any Messages He May Have Sent To Government Officials: http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/chris-christie-had-two-private-email-accounts-nj-governor-blocks-release-any You can run but you can't hide.

269. Not a new entry but worth checking out-The video version of the Christie Crime Digest- Well worth 15 minutes of your time.

270. Christopher Christie....four C's and a D-that's a 1.8-congratulations son, you're at the top of the Delta pledge class:Chris Christie: low poll numbers, low fundraising numbers, high foreclosure rates:http://factivists.democrats.org/chris-christie-low-poll-numbers-low-fundraising-numbers-high-foreclosure-rates/ Just waiting for "Mr. Blutarsky-zero point zero!

271. Speaking of bad grades, here's one that really counts-New Jersey Squeaks by with Grade of ‘D’ on 2015 Good Government Report Card :http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/11/10/new-jersey-squeaks-by-with-d-on-2015-good-government-report-card/ before Christie came along, NJ was actually rated at the top of the class (as in #1 in the country!) for "good government" practices. Now we get a D. Can't say I'm surprised.

272. More of Chris Christie's famous "transparency"!-Bridgegate Defendants: Christie's Team Hiding Thousands of Documents, Including Christie Emails: http://www.wnyc.org/story/bridgegate-defendants-christies-team-hiding-thousands-documents-including-christie-emails/ What oh what could they be hiding?

I Don't Know Any Of These Guys! And By The Way Smisek, Tell Your Employees at United to make the checks out to "Christie for Governor"

273. Oink, oink! Christie, that silver-tongued devil, once again demonstrates that he just has a way with words-N.J. police union president lashes out at Christie for calling him a 'pension pig': http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/12/police_union_president_lashes_out_at_christie_for.html#incart_story_package This from a guy who just keeps "squeezing the orange".

274. Thank you Dr. Christie, now do you have any other advice for us? Christie: There's no climate change crisis: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/12/christie_i_dont_see_evidence_climate_change_is_a_c.html#incart_story_package I guess he just forgot about that whole Sandy thing.

275. If the King of Jordan was such a good friend, then why couldn't Christie remember his name during the debate? Christie botches name of Jordanian king during GOP debate: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/12/christie_says_hed_meet_with_jordanian_king_who_die.html#incart_most-read_politics_article You remember that guy-what's his name- that picked up the $30,000 bill for you and your entourage at the Kempinski Hotel, don't you?

276. Well we all knew this already, but now a Federal judge is saying it-Judge rips Christie’s in-house inquiry into GWB scandal for destroying notes:http://www.northjersey.com/news/judge-chastises-christie-s-lawyers-for-failure-to-keep-notes-in-gwb-probe-1.1474615 an $8 million sham of a report. But hey, it was good for Christie.

* for those of you who like original documents, you can read the judge's scathing opinion here: http://dng.northjersey.com/media_server/tr/2015/12/16judge/opinion.pdf

277. The Bridgegate legal investigation a sham? Say it ain't so! Christie's scam investigation on Bridgegate demands a new probe | Editorial : http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/12/christies_scam_investigation_on_bridgegate_demands.html#incart_river_home Documents? What documents?

*Yes, it really does reek of an expensive cover-up-For surging Chris Christie, Bridgegate is a time bomb :http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/12/for_surging_chris_christie_bridgegate_is_a_time_bo.html

278. A trail leading to hidden or destroyed evidence? Baroni, Kelly Seek to Unseal Gibson Dunn Memo to Port Authority: http://www.njlawjournal.com/id=1202745646875/Baroni-Kelly-Seek-to-Unseal-Gibson-Dunn-Memo-to-Port-Authority?cn=20151223&pt=Breaking%20News&src=EMC-Email&et=editorial&bu=New%20Jersey%20Law%20Journal&slreturn=20151123154853 The sham of an investigation conducted by Gibson Dunn just gets more and more unbelievable-but it "exonerated" Christie, right?

279. I can't believe I didn't see this when it came out-A very good summary of the career of my favorite governor-What a Dick: The Chris Christie Story:http://www.gq.com/story/the-chris-christie-story Written like the author actually knows the guy. The title says it all!

280. Okay then, if this argument flies then we are doomed as a nation. Christie: America can trust me because N.J. doesn't like me:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/12/what_would_president_christie_think_of_your_opinio.html#incart_river_home I would hope even the hogs in Iowa wouldn't believe this swill.

*And a related idiotic argument from Mr. Christie-Christie warns N.H. GOP rivals will say 'nasty stuff' about him: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/01/christie_warns_nh_gop_rivals_will_say_nasty_stuff.html#incart_river_home Oh my, is this what is meant when they say the truth hurts?

281. Are there no prisons? And the Union workhouses. Are they still in operation? Chris Christie Refuses To Help Unemployed New Jersey Residents Hold Onto Food Stamps: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2016/01/02/3735561/christie-food-stamps-waiver/?ref=yfp If they would rather die,they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.

282. Oh, and that fairy tale he likes to tell about how he's fought terrorists-A look at two prosecutions of extremists touted by Christie : http://www.northjersey.com/news/a-look-at-two-prosecutions-of-extremists-touted-by-christie-1.1485176 Just a despicable human being. But hey, he's a brave crime fighter!

283. Here's some breaking news! Chris Christie Lies Again! Did Christie just lie about past Planned Parenthood donation? :http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/01/fact_checking_christie_on_planned_parenthood_donat.html#incart_river_home I guess that's not really breaking news is it.

284. Turn a little attention on Christie's actual record and even the worst journalists can find a story-Jabs at Christie turn focus to his mess in N.J. :http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/01/jabs_at_christie_turn_focus_to_his_mess_in_jersey.html Hey main stream press-just pay a little attention to what Mr. Moran is saying and you might actually be able to write an interesting story or two or......

Turn the Pequod into the wind Mr. Starbuck! We're going after 'im

285. Inquiring minds want to know! Attorney: Prosecutors' list of 'unindicted coconspirators' in GWB lane closure scandal should be made public:http://www.northjersey.com/news/attorney-prosecutors-list-of-unindicted-coconspirators-in-gwb-lane-closure-scandal-should-be-made-public-1.1489924 Well, it's only a matter of time before this list goes public now.

*As I said, it's only a matter of time-Media companies ask court to release names of unindicted co-conspirators in GWB trial http://www.northjersey.com/news/media-companies-ask-court-to-release-names-of-unindicted-co-conspirators-in-gwb-trial-1.1490586 Who can it be now?

* Mark your calendars-This ought to be an interesting day-Bridgegate trial: Court schedules date for oral arguments:http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/01/court_schedules_date_for_oral_arguments_in_bridgeg.html#incart_river_home Who could those unindicted co-conspirators be?

286. The Blizzard of 2016-an opera in five acts

*Act I-He's got better things to do-Christie shelters in place; plans to stay in N.H. as snow hits Jersey:http://www.northjersey.com/news/stile-christie-shelters-in-place-plans-to-stay-in-n-h-as-snow-hits-jersey-1.1496840 Christie is staying in New Hampshire during the storm.

**Act II-Come home little Christie! After Jonas Criticism, Christie Leaves New Hampshire Campaign To Help New Jersey Weather Snowstorm:http://www.ibtimes.com/after-jonas-criticism-christie-leaves-new-hampshire-campaign-help-new-jersey-weather-2276664 He manages to sound like he's doing us a favor by doing his job.

***Act III-Peace out folks-all is well-'Disaster governor' uses N.J. blizzard to pitch himself to N.H.: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/01/disaster_governor_uses_nj_blizzard_to_pitch_himsel.html After dropping by for a brief visit, the great disaster of a governor declares all is well!

****Act IV-He declares victory all too soon-Earth to Christie: These pictures don't lie, so why must you?: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/01/earth_to_christie_these_pictures_dont_lie_so_why_must_you_moran.html Hubris, at the heart of all great tragic stories.

*****Act V-Caught in a lie, out hero resorts to his old tricks-Christie response to flooding: Should I pick up a mop?: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/01/christie_on_storm_criticism_in_nh_its_already_done.html#incart_article_small Try as he might to wriggle out of this one, he's really in it now.

******Epilogue-I hear the fat lady singing-'Crazy mayor' slams Christie in wake of 'mop' comment: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/01/crazy_mayor_slams_christie_in_wake_of_mop_comment.html#incart_2box_nj-homepage-featured He's gone a bridge too far this time (sorry, I couldn't resist)

287. A brilliant assessment of Mr. Christie-Have You No Sense of Decency, Gov. Christie?: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/01/26/opinion-have-you-no-sense-of-decency-gov-christie/ Is that a rhetorical question?

288. The chickens are starting to come home to roost (or some such cliche')-Chris Christie's office 'refusing to release Bridgegate emails' : http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/04/chris-christies-office-refusing-to-release-bridgegate-emails Tune in tomorrow folks for another exciting episode.

289. Aren't we getting tired of paying Gibson Dunn taxpayer funds to raise money for Christie yet? (see entry #78 to see how long this has been going on): Christie's Bridgegate Lawyer Is Raising Money For 'Christie 2016' :http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/12/10/christie-s-bridgegate-lawyer-is-raising-money-for-christie-2016# That's a fair question to ask, isn't it?

290. He may not be doing his job as Governor, but he did have time to catch Springsteen-See the view from Christie's seat at last night's Springsteen show: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/02/see_the_view_from_christies_seat_at_springsteens_show.html#incart_river_home Why does "Born to Run" come to mind?

291. He's fading fast-He's moved up to 8th place, but that's only because two people in front of him quit-What's happening to Christie's support in N.H.?: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/02/whats_happening_to_christies_support_in_nh.html#incart_most-read_politics_article I guess he's finally spent enough time in New Hampshire for the Granite Staters to get to know him.

292. Now this will make for some interesting legal maneuvering-GWB case defendants can subpoena Christie office docs, says judge: http://www.northjersey.com/news/gwb-case-defendants-can-subpoena-christie-office-docs-says-judge-1.1506821 Nothing good will come from this!-at least not for Mr. Christie or Gibson Dunn

293. I think this warrants a 15-yard penalty for piling on-Respected former NJ Supreme Court judge criticizes Christie, questions his legacy:http://www.northjersey.com/news/respected-former-nj-supreme-court-judge-criticizes-christie-questions-his-legacy-1.1506830 When challenged to come up with 3 things Christie did for NJ author Matt Katz could only come up with 2 and one of them was dubious.

294. It's a tough day to be Mr. Christie-Doblin: Boy in the bubble, beats bully in the bathroom: http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/boy-in-the-bubble-beats-bully-in-the-bathroom-1.1506766 Here's hoping for even tougher days ahead.

295. He's spent the past two years stumping in New Hampshire, spent millions of dollars, ignored his job as governor-all to finish 6th Christie stumbles in N.H. and faces early exit : http://www.northjersey.com/news/stile-christie-stumbles-in-n-h-and-faces-early-exit-1.1508845 He did beat Cruella Deville and Dr. Demento.

296. This is Christie-The wounded beast heads home: http://www.bobbraunsledger.com/4759-2/ A nobody who lost a local Morris County election but who had a brother who could buy him a job he didn’t deserve and had no right to fill.

Here's a picture that "Tells it like it is". Time for Toby Tyler to leave the circus and go home. At least this is one of Christie's messes that can be cleaned up-unlike what he's left behind in NJ.

297. Ah, money laundering at it's finest-You get a lucrative public contract-send some money right back as a campaign donation-Bridgegate lawyer backed Christie in N.H.:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/02/bridgegate_lawyer_backing_christie_in_nh_the_audit.html Having your friend conduct the investigation into your wrongdoing isn't a bad perk either.

298. Was this from the editorial page or the advice column? Six N.J. newspapers call on Christie to resign:http:/www.app.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/03/01/chris-christie-resign-recall/81162824/ Either way, let's hope Christie takes the hint.

299. Well here's a surprise (not really)-Ex-Christie aide may have destroyed Bridgegate evidence:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/08/ex-christie_aide_could_face_ag_probe_over_destruct.html We've heard from Ms. Renna before and hopefully we'll hear more from her at the trial.

300. It's all going to get so interesting from here-Jurors Picked for Bridge Scandal Trial as Opinions About Chris Christie Are Aired:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/nyregion/bridgegate-jury-chris-christie.html?_r=0 On to the trial!

This isn't the whole story folks, in fact far from it. You can catch up on how we got to this point by visiting the Christie Crime Digest Volume I and Volume II. Reality is so much more compelling than fiction. But now-it's time for Volume IV-The Trial!

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