2014 June


 

=== UPDATE ===

A second Christie Bridge Scandal is showing its teeth .  So it would appear the ongoing investigations by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman aren’t going to be swept under a rug this time… Hallelujah and pass the salt looks like justice is just around the corner in New Jersey after all!

Full story here.

 

Original post:

Chris Christie may well be dancing with Jimmy Fallon on late night TV and assuring donors at this weekend’s fundraisers that the scandals dogging his tail since January are ‘done’ and ‘over’ but this is the breaking story over at  Esquire.com:

 

…Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, wades through the sewage of Christie’s stewardship. Two sources with intimate knowledge of the case say Fishman’s pace is quickening — he has empaneled a second grand jury, and the U.S. Justice Department has sent assistant prosecutors and FBI agents to work the case.

“What’s taking the most time,” according to one source, “is separating what’s viable from all the bad stuff they’re finding that may not be viable.”

Fishman’s challenge is to nail down specific criminal charges on several fronts — the diversion of Port Authority money to fund New Jersey road and bridge projects; the four-day rush-hour closures of George Washington Bridge lanes in Ft. Lee; and a web of real-estate deals spun by David Samson, long a Christie crony, when he chaired the PA’s Board of Commissioners as Christie’s appointee. (One such deal, a stalled office-tower development in Hoboken, New Jersey, is central to a claim that Christie’s lieutenant governor told the town’s mayor that the state would withhold Hurricane Sandy relief aid from Hoboken if the mayor didn’t sign off on the development project.)

Whatever Christie says or does — and whatever potential donors or Jimmy Fallon and his viewers think — the question that truly matters is whether Fishman’s pursuit leads to the governor himself. Christie’s Port appointees — not only Samson, but former PA Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni and his oddball sidekick David Wildstein — all face near-certain indictment and are being pressed to hand up Christie, as is the governor’s former chief counsel, Charlie McKenna.

Wildstein, portrayed as the mastermind behind Ft. Lee’s traffic problems, has made proffers to Fishman’s investigators — hoping to trade information to the prosecutor in exchange for gentler legal treatment — but Fishman has cut no deals with anyone so far, and the looming indictments have encouraged Christie’s PA appointees to sing. “Don’t underestimate what Wildstein has on Christie,” says one source. “And Wildstein and Baroni have both turned on Samson. If Samson doesn’t give Fishman Christie, Samson is toast.”

In a nutshell – Some states have opted to use private probation services. When a person goes to (for example) traffic court and can’t afford to pay the designated fine, the court turns them over to a private probation service for collection rather than setting up a payment plan through the sheriffs office or other state/county run service. And because there are no federal laws mandating any sort of fair practice, these private services are free to charge whatever fees they deem fit.

In the case of the woman in the first video clip, she received a $41.00 fine for a minor traffic violation. She was immediately turned over to a service called JCS who chargfed her $35.00 up front. When she made a $10.00 payment toward her traffic fine, the money was deducted from her JCS fee instead. The money she owed the traffic court remained $41.00. Her JCS fee was reduced to $25.00 but by the time she could make another payment, she’d accrued another $35.00 fee – as this fee is re-applied each month there is a balance.

She now owes over $30.00 to JCS and her original court ticket of $41.00 is still outstanding – and she faces real jail time if she fails to make even one agreed payment. Imagine the fear of knowing you could go to jail for not having $10.00

Click on the video at the end for Part Two.

Is it any wonder that so many people in the red states think their own government is out to get them?

 

*crickets*

Yes, THAT Phil Robertson. the millionaire who shed his suit to pretend to be a survivalist so he could bilk as many rednecks out of their cookie jar money as possible. The phony bible-thumper who preaches to old white men about how they are all entitled to shag underage teenage girls whenever they want and maintains without apology the hate-filled belief that all homosexuals belong in Hell. That Phil Robertson.

Palin introduced him at some Republican cultist get-together, refering to him as the Commander In Duck Chief. Erm the Duck Chief Commander. Umm maybe it was DUCK! CHIEF! THE COMMANDER’S HERE! I forget.

Click on The Daily KoS for all the facts.

Can’t you just imagine Sarah running his campaign?

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