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Chris Christie is back on the hook for Birdgegate?

A local Jersey judge is letting a case against the Governor proceed after Gov Christie skirted Federal charges….

A judge has found probable cause to charge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with official misconduct for his role in the Bridgegate scandal, according to reports Thursday.

Presiding Bergen County Municipal Court Judge Roy McGeady cited testimony from the federal trial of two former Christie aides convicted of scheming to close approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013 as revenge against a mayor who refused to endorse Christie’s successful re-election bid.

McGeady’s ruling stems from a complaint filed last year by retired Teaneck firefighter and political activist Bill Brennan, a Democratic candidate for governor who is seeking to have Christie prosecuted for second-degree official misconduct.

That crime is punishable by up to ten years in the slammer.

A Christie spokesman said McGeady was “violating the law, pure and simple.”…..

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Former Port Authority and Christie ally Wildstein to plead on Bridgegate case…

One of  the Port Authority inside guys for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is reportedly going to plead on the Bridge-gate Federal case….

With this , it appears that he will be working with the fed’s against others under investigation…

This is another worry for Chris Christie no matter what he might say to the media….

David Wildstein, a former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is set to plead guilty, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, suggesting he may be cooperating with prosecutors probing traffic jams he ordered near the George Washington Bridge.

Wildstein is scheduled to appear as early as Friday in federal court in Newark, where grand jurors heard testimony in secret for months about gridlock over four mornings in Fort Lee, New Jersey, according to the person, who requested anonymity because the matter isn’t public. The plea was originally scheduled for Thursday, the person said. The specific charges were unclear.

A plea by Wildstein, who was a top appointee at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, would be the first conviction for U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in an investigation of the September 2013 lane closures. The scandal has hurt Christie’s popularity as the Republican weighs a run for the White House and tests his tough-talking image with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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The US Government case against George Washington Bridge closures continues….

Last week MSNBC trotted out Brian Thompson to sit with Steve Kornacki and talk about ‘imminent ‘ charges to 6 to 8 people connected with the lane closures….

That has NOT happened….

The New York Times is out with a piece today that seems to give insight into the actions of the US Attorney for New Jersey….

That is the investigation continues…..

The paper seems to point in the same direction as other’s in casting doubt on charges against Governor Christie ….But problems for those who may have covered up their actions AFTER the incident…The New York Times also points to separate investigations being done by Securities and Exchange Commission and Manhattan DA’s office….

With Christie looking for Presidential run in 2016 there will pressure on all parties to either charge him by early next year or clear his name…

Federal prosecutors investigating the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge last year are considering charges based on a rarely used provision of a fraud statute, under which they could argue that associates of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey used the bridge for a purpose other than its intended one.

The statute can be used against members of any government agency that receives more than $10,000 a year in federal money – which could include the state, or the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge – and it is typically used to elevate offenses committed by local officials into federal crimes.

People with knowledge of the case say prosecutors have not settled on a legal theory for any charges. But even identifying a possible theory is significant; a big question since the United States attorney in New Jersey began investigating the bridge scandal in January has been whether the lane closings violated any federal law. While one possible scenario would be to charge people involved with official misconduct, that is a state, not a federal, crime.

The statute, Section 666 of Title 18 of the United States code concerning theft or bribery in programs receiving federal funds, is commonly used in cases of fraud or embezzlement. But it would be novel – if not unprecedented in New Jersey – for prosecutors to bring charges using the particular clause of the statute being examined in this case, against anyone who “intentionally misapplies property” under the control of the agency.

The investigation by the United States attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, is one of three continuing inquiries into the lane closings and allegations of misconduct at the Port Authority that spun out of the bridge scandal…

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Breaking…NJ Governor Chris Christie NOT to be charged in Bridge-gate…

This is being reported by NBC 4. New York..

If true…..This comes as NO surprise to THIS Dog and probably others….

While in the end the question will be ‘why didn’t Chris Christie know what his staff was doing?’…

Christie, a former US Attorney for New Jersey, has NO one who can definitely say he was in on the George Washington bridge lane closure debacle….

The case is still being looked at and could be problems for  ex- Port Authority Board Head David Samson and  Port Authority employees David Wildstein, but Christie will now be able to approach possible political donors and say he’s clear of any charges….

Bear in mind….He is NOT clear completely of the scandal and anyone charged is gonna try to pull the Jersey Governor back into the mess….

Stay tuned for Christie’s 2016 maneuvering….

The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York.
The September 2013 closures — where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee were shut down, causing a traffic nightmare for commuters — has been the subject of several federal and state investigations.

Federal officials caution that the investigation that began nine months ago is ongoing and that no final determination has been made, but say that authorities haven’t uncovered anything that indicates that Christie knew in advance or ordered the closure of traffic lanes.

According to one former federal prosecutor, who had no involvement in any of the probes into the lane closures, investigations of this kind will often turn up a solid connection early in the inquiry.
Christie Reiterates: No Role in Lane Closures[NY] Christie Reiterates: No Role in Lane Closures
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said that his office is cooperating with a subpoena from federal authorities investigating whether any laws were broken when lanes near a New Jersey bridge were apparently closed for political retribution. Brian Thompson reports.

“My experience with federal law enforcement is that once you reach critical mass if you don’t have it within nine months or so, you’re not likely to ever get it,” former federal prosecutor Robert W. Ray said.

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