Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chris Christie Let This Mother of Four Kids go to Prison




Disgraceful:

Two top ex-allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced Wednesday to prison sentences for their roles in orchestrating retaliatory lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Bridget Anne Kelly—the former Christie deputy chief of staff who infamously authored the email saying “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”—was sentenced to 18 months plus one year of probation. Bill Baroni, her conspirator as the former deputy executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was sentenced to two years behind bars plus 500 hours of community service. “I regret more than anything that I allowed myself to get caught up in this,” Baroni said to a federal judge before his sentencing. “I failed.”

A man would have walked into the courtroom and said, "your honor, as a former U.S. Attorney, I cannot allow this to happen. Miss Kelly is not responsible for what happened. I am, let's go in the back and cut a deal." That man would have been a flaming jackass, of course, because that's not how the legal system works, but you get the idea. Instead, he takes his gargantuan jowls and his overfed ass to Washington D.C. where he can sit next to America's most popular president named Trump (and hopefully the last one, too).

What do you have to do to prove to Trump that you're cabinet material? You gotta let two little people go to prison so you can escape accountability.

Bridget Anne Kelly made a mistake. She should never have gotten involved in the whole Fort Lee traffic issue. She should not have worked for Chris Christie, period. And she is not innocent, not a saint, and certainly not someone who should have been working for the State of New Jersey.

At the end of the day, should she go to prison? No. Chris Christie should be a man and he should go in her stead. I say that as someone who respects feminism and all that it entails, and we're all adults here, so I will add this. He should have done it for Bill Baroni as well. Christie should have owned up to being the ringleader of this plot and he should have done whatever he could to keep these two people out of jail.  

Let it always hang over his fat fucking face--Chris Christie is just the kind of tough guy who lets a woman with four children go to prison in order to save the tattered, shit-stained remnants of whatever he calls a political future. How low can you be? You can be as low as Chris Christie and still get paid to be the governor of a state that is eager to be rid of him.

 

Essential reading:

Bridget Anne Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey governor Chris Christie, took the stand in the Bridgegate trial Friday and dropped a few bombshells. Kelly, who sent the infamous “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email, testified that she told Christie about the “traffic study” plan in August 2013, a month before the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

Kelly, who’s charged in the Bridgegate case, testified that she had discussed a traffic study with David Wildstein, a former Port Authority official who confessed to being the mastermind of the plot in August 2013. Kelly said Wildstein had emailed her, asking to discuss an issue that was “extraordinarily weird even by my standards.” The two spoke on the phone, and Wildstein told her Fort Lee’s access lanes to the GWB were tying up traffic on the bridge, and Wildstein wanted to do a traffic study on what would happen if Fort Lee no longer had that privileged route. Kelly said Wildstein told her it would cause major traffic problems, but the plan would boost the governor ahead of his reelection campaign — Christie would be able to take credit for easing traffic on the George Washington Bridge, reports the New York Times. Kelly alleges that Wildstein asked her to run the plan by Christie.

Kelly went to Christie with Wildstein’s plan, and the governor allegedly told her it was fine.

 













5 comments:

  1. I'm surmising you were not in court during her trial.as usual, being a dumb Democrat, You feel as a woman she should not be held responsible for her actions, similar as Obama was not responsible for his own actions.If she were not responsible and Christie had anything to do with it, don't you think for one second that her lawyers would have brought this to the front? After all her day in court was Not his day in court or to even be charged for a crime.Therefore that day he would not have had to prove whether he was or was not involved...Her Testimony could have sufficed enough to incriminate him...Apparently she did no such thing because he was NOT incriminated..So get your liberal bleeding heart right next time you post a lie....

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  2. Garland Jackson, you speak like a typical republicon, and insult, demean, and accuse without providing any facts. Guess in your world, lies are really alternative facts, trump is a winner, and republicans know how to govern.

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  3. Bridget Anne Kelly's testimony, as per NJ.com

    Christie was in the loop

    Kelly told jurors former Port Authority executive David Wildstein asked her on Aug. 12, 2013, to talk to the governor about a plan to add additional mainline access to the George Washington Bridge by closing off some local Fort Lee access lanes.
    Wildstein said he thought after initial traffic jams in the town drivers would adapt and that Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would ultimately be able to take credit for quicker access into New York, Kelly testified.
    "I said, governor, by the way, I spoke to Wildstein about ... the Port Authority doing a traffic study," Kelly said.
    20161021_143611.jpegJane Rosenberg | For NJ.com
    "He said, 'OK, why are we doing this?'" Kelly recalled of Christie's reaction.
    When asked by her attorney if she knew the closures were politically motivated, Kelly said no.
    Christie has repeatedly denied knowing of a plan to close lanes before the closures or while they occurred. On Friday, his office released a statement refuting Kelly's claims.

    "Time for some traffic problems" was a joke

    Kell'ys conversation with the governor occurred a day before she sent the now-infamous "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email, which she said was an innocent message replying to what she called a "crazy plan" by Wildstein.
    "If I had said time for a traffic study, we wouldn't have all known each other," she said.
    The email has been considered a key piece of evidence by prosecutors in the case because they contend it suggested that she was putting the lane closures into play.
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    Christie's alleged temper

    Kelly also described several exchanges with Christie that gave the impression for jurors the governor was a stern boss.
    In the wake of the September 2013 fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Height -- which occurred the same week that the toll lanes in Fort Lee were being closed -- Kelly tearfully recounted the governor being sharply critical of an event she planned to bring together cabinet members with local business leaders.
    Her idea, she said, was for the panel to be moderated by the governor.
    "What do you think I am, a f------ game show host?" he demanded. She said the governor then threw his water bottle and it hit her arm.
    "Were you afraid of the governor?" asked her attorney, Michael Critchley.
    "Yes," she replied.
    "He was a big tough guy, eh?"
    "Yes."
    On another occasion, the governor himself sought to freeze out Steve Fulop after the Democrat was elected mayor of Jersey City. She told the jury she had planned a "mayor's day" meeting to bring together members of the administration with the incoming mayor, but the event was suddenly called off.
    She told the jury she was ordered by Kevin O'Dowd, the governor's chief of staff, to have each department call Fulop's office one-by-one and cancel.
    Christie, she said tearfully, later marched into the office and declared, "No one's entitled to a f------ meeting."
    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/10/3_years_of_silence_broken_kellys_shocking_bridgega.html
    Footnote--You're a boob.

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  4. Oh and, the court ruled there was probable cause. Christie will have his day in court...http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/02/16/bridgegate-civilian-complaint-ruling/

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  5. A more concise version:
    Bridget Anne Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey governor Chris Christie, took the stand in the Bridgegate trial Friday and dropped a few bombshells. Kelly, who sent the infamous “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email, testified that she told Christie about the “traffic study” plan in August 2013, a month before the George Washington Bridge lane closures.
    Kelly, who’s charged in the Bridgegate case, testified that she had discussed a traffic study with David Wildstein, a former Port Authority official who confessed to being the mastermind of the plot in August 2013. Kelly said Wildstein had emailed her, asking to discuss an issue that was “extraordinarily weird even by my standards.” The two spoke on the phone, and Wildstein told her Fort Lee’s access lanes to the GWB were tying up traffic on the bridge, and Wildstein wanted to do a traffic study on what would happen if Fort Lee no longer had that privileged route. Kelly said Wildstein told her it would cause major traffic problems, but the plan would boost the governor ahead of his reelection campaign — Christie would be able to take credit for easing traffic on the George Washington Bridge, reports the New York Times. Kelly alleges that Wildstein asked her to run the plan by Christie.
    Kelly went to Christie with Wildstein’s plan, and the governor allegedly told her it was fine. Christie then, according to Kelly, asked her about Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich:
    Kelly met with the governor on August 12, 2013; the next day, she fired off her “traffic problems” message to Wildstein. Kelly testified that, at that point, she still understood the closures to be a legitimate traffic study — and not an alleged political payback against Sokolich for failing to endorse Christie. Kelly testified that “traffic problems” was a phrase she borrowed from Wildstein, one she used because she blasted off the message in a rush.
    Kelly, along with Bill Baroni — a top Christie staff appointee at the Port Authority — are charged in the Bridgegate federal case. David Wildstein named them both when he pleaded guilty to his role in the plot, and is now the star witness for the prosecution. Wildstein had testified last month that he had told Christie about the lane closures after they began, at a September 11 memorial.
    Christie, who has denied knowledge of the scheme, has not been charged — though he will have to testify next month to a criminal complaint surrounding his alleged involvement in Bridgegate.
    Kelly took the stand in her defense, and her attorneys tried to portray her as an eager-to-please employee; she even said at one point that she was afraid of the governor. Kelly recounted Christie’s alleged temper in her tearful testimony:
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/10/ex-christie-aide-governor-knew-about-lane-closures.html

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