(CNN) — Give him a position at the top of the agency; he’s a good friend of the governor.
That’s how David Wildstein was introduced to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2010, according to a former employee with extensive knowledge of the agency’s hiring practices.
Soon after, Wildstein was named the director of Interstate Capital Projects, a title that previously had not existed at the bi-state agency, setting in motion a career that would eventually place the former political blogger at the center of the lane closures controversy at the George Washington Bridge…
…The Newark Star Ledger reported in February 2012 that critics accused Christie of turning the Port Authority into a patronage mill. Citing a document titled “NY/NJ Executive Referrals” the newspaper showed there were 35 new Port Authority hires directed by Christie during his first year in office. That’s more than the last four governors combined, according to the paper.
Lane closures on the bridges/tunnels connecting New Jersey and New York have evidently occurred more than once since David Wildstein took his created for the governor’s convenience job position at Port Authority. Miraculously, Gov Christie was kept in the dark because we believe him when he says ‘he knew nothing’.
When Watergate hearings were televised, the nation was frozen in place with everyone glued to their TV sets. I remember my boss bringing a set in from homw so we wouldn’t miss anything at work.
We don’t need to bring TV sets to work in 2014 but I’m guessing the Bridgegate hearings are going to be just as engaging. I – for one – am going to livestream every available moment.