Thursday, Mar 27, 2014
A law firm hired by the Christie administration to review the closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September has concluded that Gov. Chris Christie wasn't involved, according to a new report. The lawyer running the review, Randy M. Mastro told the New York Times
that the review was "comprehensive and exhaustive."
The review cost New Jersey taxpayers over $1 million.
The law firm that conducted the review has close ties to the Christie administration and the firm’s lawyers were unable to interview principal players in the shutdowns, including Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff.
The Office of the Governor of New Jersey retained Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP to investigate (i) allegations concerning the George Washington Bridge toll lane realignment at Fort Lee, and (ii) Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegations concerning Superstorm Sandy aid allocations to Hoboken. The Report, with supporting exhibits and appendices can be found below.
Legislative Select Committee on Investigation Co-Chairs, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, released the following statement Thursday on the Governor’s internal report surrounding the investigation into the GWB lane closures and the abuse of government power:
“Lawyers hired by and paid by the Christie administration itself to investigate the governor’s office who then say the governor and most of his office did nothing wrong will not be the final word on this matter.
“The people of New Jersey need a full accounting of what happened. This review has deficiencies that raise questions about a lack of objectivity and thoroughness.
"We will continue to pursue our investigation wherever the facts lead. We want a full accounting of the lane closings and any related abuses of power and what can be done to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno issued the following statement regarding the findings in the Gibson Dunn report concerning the Hoboken Sandy aid allegations:
“When I addressed the allegations made by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer in January, I categorically denied them as false and illogical. I also stated that my position would be borne out by a full evaluation of the facts. Now, after an exhaustive review, it is clear that Mayor Zimmer’s allegations do not stand up to scrutiny, and in truth, are demonstrably false based on contemporaneous documents, other witness accounts, and her own prior statement(s), all contained in the report. In fact, Mayor Zimmer’s version of events was and is fictional.”
After 11 weeks of walking through a storm that rocked his political career, he discusses the bridge scandal.
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