Sadly, we'll have to wait until the grand jury meets Friday to see if another Christie insider won't be testifying for the defense, but there are some tasty items.
Notes? Which notes might those be?
Although no subpoenas were issued Tuesday, Wisniewski said the committee would issue one to the law firm and possibly another to the Governor’s Office if records of the 70 interviews that underpin the report have not been produced.
"They have indicated a desire to work with our counsel in turning over the documents," Wisniewski said.
"But that indication has stopped short of saying, ‘and yes here they are, they will be delivered tomorrow.’ "
Mastro did not say what types of records from the interviews even existed.
http://www.politickernj.com/...Meanwhile more polls from New Jersey
Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), cochairman of the Joint Select Committee on Investigation, said yesterday it is his understanding that Randy Mastro and his Gibson Dunn & Crutcher firm not only failed to conduct the 70 interviews under oath, but also failed to videotape, audiotape, or have a stenographer make transcripts of any of the interviews.
Nevertheless, Wisniewski and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) said the committee wants whatever interview memos or other documentary evidence that does exist. They said the panel would give the governor’s office and Mastro’s firm only until Friday to provide the materials voluntarily before issuing a subpoena. (Magyar/NJSpotlight)
http://www.upi.com/...And there is the on-going civil case:
HAMDEN, Conn., April 9 (UPI) -- More than half New Jersey voters believe the internal review that cleared Gov. Chris Christie in "Bridgegate" was a "whitewash," a poll released Wednesday said.
The survey by the Polling Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut found that 96 percent of respondents said they had heard something about the scandal.
More than half, 56 percent, agreed that it is a "whitewash" and only 36 percent said it is a legitimate investigation.
More than half, 57 percent of respondents, said they believe Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who says the Christie administration threatened to withhold aid after the town was battered by Hurricane Sandy unless she backed a development project favored by the governor. Four out of five people who believe Zimmer say the governor knew about the pressure and 68 percent say he ordered it.
The poll also found respondents do not believe Christie would be a good president by a 57-35 margin. Approval of Christie's job performance has also dipped, although 49 percent still say he is going a good job while 44 percent disagree.
"Voters don't think he'd be a good president and they don't want him to run," Maurice Carroll, the poll's assistant director, said. "They're uncertain about his honesty and a lot still think he's a bully -- but they give him high marks on leadership."
http://www.nj.com/...And New York prosecutor Preet Bharara is on the case, investigating from the Port Authority angle, and he may ask Governor Cuomo about that ‘call from Christie’ and how much slush money was harvested from New Jersey commuters for his state projects.
The damages, the suit contends resulted from "improper, intentional, indifferent, conspiratorial, politically motivated, negligence, reckless and corrupt actions and misconduct that led to the closure of multiple lanes of traffic and toll booths to the George Washington Bridge and that caused extreme traffic and delays crossing the George Washington Bridge as well as hardship to Fort Lee residents, business, and citizens of New Jersey and potentially other states from September 9, 2013 through September 13, 2013."
Attorney Barry Epstein, who represents the plaintiffs said the case is based on the fact that thousands of people were prevented from going to work or to school or conducting their normal business by the diversion of two local lanes normally reserved for commuters traveling through Fort Lee.
"These people were virtually imprisoned in their cars for anywhere from two to three hours on multiple days and prevented from going to work, medical appointments and even school," Epstein said. "In addition to that, when I go to the GWB and pay $13 to get to the other side, I expect that I'm not going to have the Port Authority sit there and make me take three hours to get to other side."
The office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has subpoenaed records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey related to Chairman David Samson's business interests, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.
The inquiry is separate from the federal probe in New Jersey related to the toll lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. But the Journal reported that the inquiry by the office of Bharara, the Manhattan-based U.S. attorney, could be handed over to his counterpart in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
I think Governor Christie made it clear that he is very displeased with what happened,” Cuomo said. “And you now have multiple investigations that are ongoing that’ll disclose the facts.” Cuomo knows that picking a partisan fight now would look gratuitous — not to mention that it's unnecessary, given that Christie's doing a fine job of sinking his 2016 Republican presidential prospects all by himself. And Cuomo is currently occupying the moral and bureaucratic high ground: It was his man at the Port Authority, Pat Foye, who ordered the George Washington Bridge lanes reopened last September, and Foye who blew up the Christie administration's "traffic study" cover story in testimony to the New Jersey legislature.