Member Of Gov. Christie’s Inner Circle Testifies ‘I Had No Knowledge Or Involvement’ In GWB Lane Closures
Michael Drewniak, who has served as a spokesman for Christie since he became U.S. attorney in 2001, called the plot reckless and perplexing in an opening statement before a New Jersey legislative committee that’s investigating last September’s lane closings.
A New Jersey legislative committee has ordered current and former aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie and two officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to testify in the committee’s probe of politically motivated traffic jams last year near the George Washington Bridge.
Doug Burns, a former federal prosecutor not involved in the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office likely believes a closer look is warranted.
The Assembly and Senate plan to vote Monday to establish the joint bipartisan committee with power to subpoena people and correspondence related to the lane closings and abuse of power allegations.
An investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has ramped up. A total of 17 individuals and three organizations were notified Thursday that they’d be issued subpoenas.
New Jersey officials say they want to shine a light on sports gambling by legalizing it, arguing in a U.S. appeals court that betting on games can’t be eliminated but can be controlled.
Julie Hermann was tapped for AD after a scandal surrounding the Rutgers men’s basketball head coach led to several firings.
The Hermann problem has popped up when many thought the worst was over, and that the Rutgers athletic department could start focusing on its move to the Big Ten in 2014.
The college athletic association said that it cannot host games in states where gambling is allowed in them. New Jersey plans to license sports betting as soon as Jan. 9.
Roughly 5,100 inmates have escaped from the state’s privately run halfway houses since 2005, according to a report. By contrast, the state’s prisons had three escapes in 2010 and none in the first nine months of 2011.
The governor’s office said the Christies have filed for a six-month filing extension, though it did not specify why it was sought.
Groups representing minorities in New Jersey have appealed to Gov. Chris Christie to make the state Supreme Court more diverse. The Legislative Black Caucus sent a letter this month urging Christie to use his next appointment to nominate a minority.
The action comes amid a report that a principal, the school board president, and a supervisor of custodians had enrolled their children in the free or reduced lunch program even though they don’t meet requirements.
Tuesday is the deadline for New Jersey to repay costs associated with the scuttled Hudson River rail tunnel.
No regrets and no apologies from Gov. Chris Christie, who was vacationing in Disney World with his family while New Jersey was being battered by the fifth largest storm in the last 100 years.