Give him a position at the top of the agency; he's a good friend of the governor.http://www.cnn.com/...
That's how David Wildstein was introduced to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2010, according to a former employee with extensive knowledge of the agency's hiring practices.
Soon after, Wildstein was named the director of Interstate Capital Projects, a title that previously had not existed at the bi-state agency...
Wildstein's role included scrutinizing the agency's business for the governor and that's why he was given such a broad title, sources said. Those current and former employees said people were careful about what they said when Wildstein was in the room, always assuming it would get back to Christie.
So the idea that Wildstein would not be following Christie's orders becomes even more absurd. Not to mention Christie's claim during his 2 hour press conference last week that he and Wildstein were hardly even acquaintances.
The article says that before being placed by pal Christie in this high-level position at the Port Authority, Wildstein was a ::cough:: political blogger.
From the comments, AnnetteK has discovered that they just released the names of the 20 people and orgs that were subpoenaed today. From nj.com:
Kevin O'Dowd, Christie's pick to serve as the state's new Attorney General, is among the 17 people issued subpoenas today, according to a source close to the investigation. The source was not allowed to discuss the subpoenas and requested anonymity.http://www.nj.com/...
Also on the list:
• Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff for the governor, who has been one of the key names in the investigation.
• Bill Stepien, Christie's two-time campaign manager.
• Charles McKenna, the governor's former chief counsel.
• Michael Drewniak, Christie's spokesman.
• Matt Mowers, a former aide to the governor.
The day after Christie's re-election, Mowers was named executive director of the New Hampshire GOP.
I will root around the interwebs and see if I can get the rest of the list. Cheers
Here is a more complete list from PolitickerNJ.com:
Bridget Anne Kelly
Nicole Davidman Drewniak
The investigative committee also issued a subpoena for documents from the Christie for Governor campaign, according to the source.
Here's one they missed, from Business Insider:
Christina Genovese, Bridget Kelly's director of departmental relations. Kelly was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs until last week, when Christie fired her.http://www.businessinsider.com/...
That leaves 3 unnamed individuals and
2 1 unnamed organizations. One more org from nj.com:
• Office of the Governor
Some detail from northjersey.com:
The subpoenas issued on Thursday are for documents and do not require testimony under oath. Sworn testimony is a likely next step in the investigation, after members of the panel sift through documents. The deadline for turning over the documents is about two weeks from Thursday, Wisniewski said.http://blog.northjersey.com/...
Here, finally, from nj.com, is a complete list of who got subpoenas:
• Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director, Port Authorityhttp://www.nj.com/...
• Maria Comella, communications director, governor's office
• Philippe Danielides, senior adviser to chairman, Port Authority
• Michael Drewniak, spokesman, governor's office
• Nicole Davidman, GOP fundraiser and Michael Drewniak's wife
• Regina Egea, Christie's incoming chief of staff
• Christina Genovese, director of departmental relations, governor's office
• Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff
• Cristina Lado, director for government and community affairs, Port Authority
• Charles McKenna, former chief counsel to the governor
• Matt Mowers, a former aide to Christie
• Paul Nunziato, police officer and PBA president, Port Authority
• Kevin O'Dowd, Christie's pick to serve as the state's new Attorney General
• Colin Reed, spokesman, governor's office
• Evan J. Ridley, aide, governor's office
• David Samson, chairman, Port Authority
• Bill Stepien, former Christie campaign manager
• David Wildstein, former director of interstate special projects, Port Authority
• Office of the Governor
• Chris Christie for Governor, Inc. (Christie's re-election campaign)