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Port Authority Official: 'Evidence Exists' That Shows Chris Christie Knew About Bridge Closings

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"Evidence exists" that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was not, despite his claims otherwise, oblivious to the retaliatory lane closures on the George Washington bridge last summer that have now become known as "BridgeGate", former Port Authority official David Wildstein claims in a letter released today by his lawyer.

The NYT reports:

In a letter released by his lawyer, the former official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis Says Christie Bullied Him into Leaving NJ Senate Race

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis said yesterday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie threatened him when he decided to run for Senate in 2011, the AP reports:

LewisLewis said Monday the governor called to dissuade him from running as a Democrat for state Senate in 2011 against Republican Sen. Dawn Addiego (ah-dee-AY'-goh). Lewis says he was told the fitness program they'd been developing wouldn't materialize if he ran. Lewis says the governor felt the post "was a carrot he could pull away."

Lewis withdrew from the Senate race after a court ruled he didn't meet a residency requirement. He now lives in Houston.


NJ Lieutenant Governor Denies Hoboken, NJ Mayor's Claims That Christie Held Sandy Funds Hostage: VIDEO

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In the latest ugly turn of events for the Chris Christie administration, Hoboken, NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer said over the weekend that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Richard Constable, Christie’s community affairs commissioner, held relief funds for Hurricane Sandy damage hostage unless Zimmer approved a redevelopment plan being pushed by the governor.

The L.A. Times reports:

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she met with federal prosecutors in Newark for several hours Sunday at their request and turned over a journal and other documents.

“I will provide any requested information and testify under oath about the facts of what happened when the Lieutenant Governor came to Hoboken and told me that Sandy aid would be contingent on moving forward with a private development project,” she said in a statement Sunday night.

Zimmer appeared on cable news over the weekend making the claims. Guadagno held a press conference this morning disputing them.

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Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon Rip Chris Christie in 'Born to Run' BridgeGate Spoof: VIDEO

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Bruce Springsteen joined Jimmy Fallon last night to mercilessly mock Chris Christie in a "Born to Run" spoof about BridgeGate, made more painful for Christie as he's a huge Springsteen fan.

"I gotta take a leak!"

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NJ Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Transgender Rights Bill

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would have allowed trans people to change the name on their birth certificate without undergoing gender reassignment surgery, Think Progress reports.

C_christieWrote Christie in his veto statement:

A birth certificate is an important legal document. In many instances, the production of a birth certificate is a prerequisite to obtaining other critical identification documents that factor into decisions concerning employment, financial services, education, and travel. Birth certificates are often required to complete myriad security-related tasks. Accordingly, proposed measures that revise the standards for the issuance of amended birth certificates may result in significant legal uncertainties and create opportunities for fraud, deception, and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.

Unlike many other states, New Jersey already has an administrative process in place to streamline applications to amend birth certificates for gender purposes without court order. Under the proposal before me, however, the sponsors seek to alter the amended birth certificate application process without maintaining appropriate safeguards. Consequently, further consideration is necessary to determine whether to make such significant changes to State law concerning the issuance of vital records.

Garden State Equality's Executive Director Troy Stephenson released a statement denouncing the veto, calling it a "vindictive move" by Christie:

"Governor Christies veto of this legislation was a vindictive move to punish the LGBT community after a year of tremendous progress. This was a simple bureaucratic change, which would have offered tremendous support to the transgender community, and have zero effect on anyone else. The governor’s security argument is disingenuous at best, as there is already a process for one to change their gender marker; this legislation would simply end an unnecessary surgical requirement. This malicious use of the veto pen is shameful and beneath the office of governor.”


Feds Now Investigating Chris Christie's Possible Misuse of Sandy Relief Funds: VIDEO

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has some fresh issues to deal with this morning, CNN reports:

ChristieCNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family.

The news couldn't come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican, who is facing two probes into whether his staff tied up traffic near the country's busiest bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his successful re-election bid.

If the Sandy inquiry finds any wrongdoing, it could prove even more damaging to Christie's national ambitions. His performance during and after the superstorm has been widely praised and is a fundamental part of his straight-shooting political brand.

In the new probe, federal auditors will examine New Jersey's use of $25 million in Sandy relief funds for a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore after Sandy decimated the state's coastline in late 2012, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone told CNN

Meanwhile, on FOX News Sunday, Karl Rove told a panel that he believes the way Christie handled #BridgeGate gives the governor some "street cred" with Tea Party folks.

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