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Police Union Implicated in Bridgegate Owed Hundreds of Jobs to Christie

Nunziato has made no further comment since December 4 on the assertions that he and Baroni made, and it is unclear whether he provided any additional documents in response to the new Joint Select Committee on Investigation’s subpoena.

Scrutiny of the Port Authority police union was further heightened this weekend when MSNBC’s Steven Kornacki discovered that the “Chip” who drove Wildstein to the George Washington Bridge to view the traffic tie-ups on September 9, the morning of the closure, was none other than Port Authority Police Lt. Thomas “Chip” Michaels, who is the brother of Christie senior campaign adviser Jeff Michaels and who coached Christie’s son in a youth hockey league a few years ago. The Christies and the Michaels are lifelong friends who grew up together in Livingston.

“The Governor has never had any conversations with either Jeff or Chip Michaels on this topic,” Christie spokesman Keven Roberts said yesterday.

But the disclosure of the Michaels connection renewed speculation about what Wildstein was referring to when he said that “evidence exists” that Christie knew about the lane closures earlier than he admitted.

Christie said at his marathon January 9th news conference at which he announced the firings of Kelly and former campaign manager Bill Stepien and that he had no idea that the GWB lane closures were not part of a legitimate traffic study until the day before.

Christie later said on New Jersey 101.5 FM on February 3 that he asked his chief of staff and chief counsel to look into the lane closures on October 1 after the Wall Street Journal disclosed that Foye said he believed federal and state laws might have been broken by the closures, which Wildstein and Port Authority police union officials kept hidden from Foye and other Port Authority higher-ups appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, rather than Christie.

What Chief of Staff Kevin O’Dowd and Chief Counsel Charlie McKenna found, whether they talked to Baroni, Wildstein or Nunziato, and what they reported to Christie should turn up in the latest round of legislative committee subpoenas.

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