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A regular blog that keeps tabs on the activities and fortunes of our renowned Governor, Chris Christie.
Feds Side With Bridgegate Co-Conspirator To Keep His Identity Secret
Matt Katz | June 6, 2016

Who helped the indicted Bridgegate conspirators close the lanes to the George Washington Bridge?

WNYC and other media organizations are seeking a single document: A January letter sent by Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, to a federal judge that lists alleged Bridgegate co-conspirators. The request went before a federal appellate court in Philadelphia on Monday.

In front of a crowded courtroom that included Bill Baroni, one of the defendants in the case, and New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democrat who led the Bridgegate hearings in the Legislature, Fishman urged three appellate judges to keep such lists confidential. He said they are part of the discovery materials that prosecutors and defense attorneys shared in advance of September's trial.

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Trump's Inner Circle Cut Its Teeth In New Jersey
Matt Katz | June 6, 2016

At a rally in Lawrenceville, a couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump showed his respect to New Jersey as only he can. "There’s nothing like New Jersey — wiseguys, so many wiseguys," he said. "I tell you, if you can make it in New Jersey you can do just about anything you want in life."

Casinos. Golf courses. And one ill-fated professional football team. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has a long, colorful and well-known history in New Jersey. But so does his political team. Several of the key people Trump relies on for political advice cut their teeth in New Jersey politics.

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Trump, Self-Proclaimed Outsider, Was New Jersey Political Insider
Matt Katz | June 2, 2016

One morning in the mid-1980s New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean walked into in his office at the Statehouse in Trenton. His secretary said Donald Trump, the casino owner from Atlantic City, was on the phone. Kean figured Trump wanted something from him. 

"Donald, I'm very very busy. What can I do for you?" Kean asked.

"Really nothing," Trump responded. "It's just a beautiful day today and I wanted to tell you you're the best governor in the country."

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Trump's Sister, The Judge: A Life Vastly Different, But Often Intertwined
Matt Katz | May 18, 2016

When the oldest of the Trump children, Maryanne Trump Barry, graduated from law school as a stay-at-home mother and landed a job at the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey in the 1970s, she was one of just two women in a 62-lawyer office.

"Scared?" Trump Barry recalled at a 2011 commencement address at Fairfield University. "Every day of my life."

An admittedly scared Trump! Hard to imagine. The differences don't end there.

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Bridgegate's 10 Stunning Plot Turns, From Christie To Trump
Matt Katz | May 18, 2016
  • A group of Gov. Chris Christie's appointees shut down lanes to the world's busiest bridge, causing a traffic jam in Fort Lee in order to retaliate against the town’s Democratic mayor who didn't endorse the governor.
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