Governor, what did you know? And when, exactly, did you find out about it?
This year the Super Bowl is playing played in New Jersey, and there is another big game being played in that state as well: The battle between the Governor and his former head of the Port Authority.
"The former New Jersey official at the center of a political scandal dogging Governor Chris Christie said on Friday the prominent Republican knew about a traffic jam orchestrated by his top aides during the blockage, the New York Times reported.
Christie, seen as a 2016 White House hopeful, has repeatedly denied any knowledge of a plan to snarl traffic at the busy George Washington Bridge as political retribution and severed ties with several top aides over their role in the incident.
David Wildstein, who resigned his post at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey late last year, said he had evidence that proves Christie had knowledge of the jams "during the period when the lanes were closed," according to a letter sent to the authority's lawyer and released to the newspaper.
The letter does not indicate that Christie orchestrated the closures in any way, does not specify exactly when he became aware of the jams, and offers no evidence to back up the claim.
The closures last September caused four days of severe traffic jams for commuters and residents of Fort Lee, New Jersey, whose mayor declined to endorse Christie's re-election campaign, and prompted official investigations into the role of the governor's office.
The governor has seen his national support ratings fall as a result of the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal.
"It's the first time a high-level official has contradicted the governor," said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University history professor who specializes in presidential politics.
The key question, he said, is whether Wildstein can produce "smoking gun" evidence proving Christie's knowledge of the events. State Democrats probing the scandal are likely to jump on that vulnerability, Zelizer added.
Wildstein and Christie attended Livingston High School at the same time, but Christie, a former federal prosecutor, has denied knowing Wildstein well." [Source]
If this battle was being played out on the football field, my money would be on the guy built for football. But, sadly for the big guy, it is not.
This Wildstein fellow wants immunity, and he wants the Port Authority to pay his legal fees. He doesn't strike me as a guy who is going to take a knee and let the clock run out. To stay with my football analogy, I think he is going to go into a two minute drill right about now.
It should be interesting to see what the U.S. Attorney does, the governor can deny all he wants to the press and the American people, but let's see what he says if he is under oath.
Finally, I live in a city with some strange people. It's never a dull moment here in Philly. At any given moment anything can happen. Even seemingly normal folks can do some messed up things.
You all have heard about the "Swiss cheese flasher"; dude is one truly sick individual, but fortunately we took him off the streets.
Now, unfortunately, it looks like he has spawned a copy-cat.
"This might be one of the stranger stories you’ll hear this week
(not to mention seriously NSFW). A New Jersey man crashed his car into a Crown Fried Chicken in Philadelphia this week. That sounds relatively normal, except for the fact that after the car crash, he got out of his car, took his clothes off, and proceeded to pleasure himself. So.
Vincent Wade was charged with DUI, and is expected to also be charged with open lewdness and indecent exposure for revealing himself in public. It should be noted that all this happened just 400 feet from an elementary school.
Wade has, in fact, been arrested for DUI before, so this week’s was his fourth. The police report does not mention the masturbation, but someone who caught video of the scene told Philly Mag, “Oh, he was most definitely making himself feel happy.” [Source]
Needless to say I will not post the picture that goes along with that article.
Some people are just sick.