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Ex-Official: Christie Illegally Blabbed About Grand Jury

David Wildstein gives sworn statement saying NJ governor divulged secret info

(Newser) - Chris Christie's decision to run for president may have to wait as he deals with a new legal distraction. A sworn statement by David Wildstein, the ex-Port Authority official accused of shutting down lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013, not only seems to show that Wildstein regularly... More »

NYPD Chopper Nearly Downed —by 2 Guys With Drones

Pilots had to change course to avoid collision over George Washington Bridge

(Newser) - An NYPD helicopter nearly collided with two drones over the George Washington Bridge yesterday, resulting in a matching pair of felony reckless-endangerment charges for two men. The chopper pilots said in a police report that they were patrolling just after midnight when they "observed flying object[s] at 2,000... More »

Christie Under Investigation for Another Bridge Closing

Federal prosecutors looking into whether he deceived bondholders

(Newser) - Apparently Chris Christie has a problem with bridges. Federal prosecutors' investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal has now widened to include several other bridge closings, the New York Times reports. So far they're focused primarily on repairs to the Pulaski Skyway, and while the allegations aren't nearly... More »

Christie Aide Resigns as Subpoena Deadline Looms

Most aides ask for more time to comply

(Newser) - Today is the deadline for a host of Chris Christie's aides to turn over subpoenaed documents to state lawmakers—and one of those aides has resigned ahead of it, the AP reports. Christina Genovese Renna handed in her resignation on Friday, but it was first reported yesterday. She worked... More »

Feds Subpoena Christie Campaign Over Bridge Scandal

US Attorney homes in on Bridgegate

(Newser) - The Christie for Governor reelection campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee are both staring down the barrel of subpoenas from the US Attorney's office, demanding documents related to September's now-infamous George Washington Bridge lane closings, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. The subpoenas come on top of... More »

Why We Need Dirty Politics

That's how the US 'gets things done': David Plotz

(Newser) - Chris Christie's career in bullying is over: After Bridgegate , "Christie can’t be Christie anymore," writes David Plotz at Slate . "That's a shame," because we need more corruption in American politics. It's how things get done, Plotz notes: "Minor forms of corruption—... More »

NJ Bridge Official Takes the 5th, Accused of Contempt

Lawmakers try to grill ex-Port Authority exec David Wildstein

(Newser) - One of the political appointees smack dab in the middle of Chris Christie's traffic scandal had to face New Jersey state lawmakers today to explain why he shut down two lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September. But David Wildstein—who recently resigned as a Port Authority exec—... More »

Christie Apology: 'I Am Who I Am, But I Am No Bully'

'Humiliated' governor fires Bridget Kelly, says she lied

(Newser) - Chris Christie offered a full-throated apology today, while firing the staffer who sent the telltale email that started the "Time for some traffic in Fort Lee" scandal . "I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team," Christie said in a... More »

Christie Aides' Emails Tied to Traffic Scandal

'Time for some traffic in Fort Lee,' said one after mayor refused to endorse him

(Newser) - Starting Sept. 9—the first day of school—a pair of closed lanes between a New Jersey city and the George Washington Bridge to New York caused massive traffic problems for several days. Officials have said the closures were part of a traffic study, but emails and text messages, newly... More »

Cop Saves His 5th Bridge Jumper —This Year

Jesse Turano shrugs off praise for repeated heroics on George Washington Bridge

(Newser) - Port Authority Police Officer Jesse Turano was patrolling the George Washington Bridge Tuesday night when he got a call about a man who had entered a closed walkway, even after a security guard ordered him not to. When he got there, Turano "could just tell by his mannerisms" that... More »

Teen on Bus Killed After Poking Head Out Roof Hatch

He struck a highway overpass on George Washington Bridge

(Newser) - A teenager headed to a Sweet 16 party was killed after he stuck his head out of the emergency hatch of a double-decker bus and hit the underside of a highway overpass, police said. Daniel Fernandez, of Sayreville, NJ, was among 65 teens aboard the bus last night as it... More »

Frosh Killed Self After Sex Tape Posted Online

Rutgers classmates charged; allegedly spied with webcam

(Newser) - A Rutgers freshman reportedly leaped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate allegedly secretly taped him having sex and posted the video on Twitter. Tyler Clementi, 18, left his wallet on the bridge and jumped last Wednesday, sources tell the New York Daily News . At least... More »

Man Fleeing Cops Jumps From Geo. Washington Bridge

Traffic gridlocked after plunge into Hudson

(Newser) - A man being pursued by police drove his red Pontiac onto the eastbound George Washington Bridge, abandoned the car, and jumped into the Hudson River this morning. It's not clear why the cops were after the driver, and a search of the water beneath the span is under way, reports... More »

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