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Christie's Former Aide Hires Prominent Attorney in GWB Scandal

Michael Critchley confirmed he had been hired by Bridget Anne Kelly, but provided little more information to the media this week.

Bridget Anne Kelly has hired a “hard charging and prominent” attorney to represent her as the scandal continues over the closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge last year.

Michael Critchley told northjersey.com Wednesday that he was representing Gov. Chris Christie’s former chief of staff, but declined further comment. 

Critchley’s high-profile cases include a successful defense of Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez on bribery charges and an acquittal of the Lucchese crime family, according to northjersey.com.

Kelly is allegedly wrote the infamous “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” missive that launched the national controversy which has been intensifying for the Christie administration since early January.

The U.S. Attorney's Office subpoenaed Christie's re-election committee and the  New Jersey Republican State Committee, northjersey.com reported Thursday afternoon.

Last week a state assembly committee served 20 subpoenas to top Port Authority officials and some of the governor’s most trusted advisors—including Kelly.

Christie, who said he has had no involvement in the lane closures and has pledged to cooperate with all appropriate investigations, recently hired a defense attorney to conduct an internal review regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

The New York Times, however, observed that the hiring of Randy Mastro, a longtime associate of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, might indicate that Christie was maneuvering against the assembly's inquiry.

Clay Thomas January 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM
The canaries will sing when faced with jail! It's hard to raise 4 kids from a cell. She'll sing for sure!
Marge Teilhaber January 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM
"Christie, who said he has had no involvement in the lane closures and has pledged to cooperate with all appropriate investigations." So why didn't he start the process when Wildstein and Baroni quit Port Authority, running scared, in December? He asked no questions? Nothing?
Clay Thomas January 24, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Could it be that he already knew all the answers? I betcha.
Marge Teilhaber January 24, 2014 at 02:56 PM
All that smoke and he didn't bother putting out the fire until that despicable email "Time for traffic trouble in Fort Lee" comes to light. Infuriating.
M.T. January 24, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Maybe it was because when he asked people in his administration to come forward if they knew anything no one did and he took them at their word? Up until the Wildstein/Baroni resignations he didn't have the suspicion of anything. After their resignations he replaced them. Anything beyond that and he would have been accused of tampering with a legislative investigation. I could already hear "Christie threatened/bribed Wildstein after his resignation, why do you think he plead the fifth? Clearly Christie was tampering with a committee witness when he spoke to Wildstein after his resignation" At this point with you libs, Christie is damned if he does, damned if he doesn't anyway. Make sure to tune into Rachel Maddow tonight!
Marge Teilhaber January 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM
Wildstein announced his resignation on December 6, 2013. Baroni resigned December 13, 2013. On 8-13-13 Kelly wrote to Wildstein from her personal yahoo account to his personal gmail account, "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." Christie says he learned of this on January 8 and fired her on January 9, 2014. A lot of time elapsed between Dec 6, Dec, 13, and January 8. Two huge resignations at the Port Authority. It’s most pathetic (and totally unbelievable) that Christie didn’t pursue the reasons for those resignations even after he got a whitewash from his staff. How could that be good enough? It’s not obviously and that is clearly not what happened. Christie of course knew but had no idea that a personal yahoo email would come to light that would blow the whole thing up in his face. And after Christie wasted our time and so much taxpayer money dragging us to the polls for that special election just two weeks before the general election for his own self-serving desire to get a bigger win for his second term, I have no sympathy and only contempt for him.
M.T. January 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Wow Marge, since you know definitively that Christie knew and is lying you should write to Trenton and they can cease the investigation! So much for that "innocent until proven guilty" presumption, burden of proof, and requirement of evidence. You liberals love to harp on that sort of stuff when defending Obama regarding the IRS, fast and furious, Obamacare rollout and Benghazi. Again, once those resignations took place it would have been highly inappropriate for Christie to have spoken to either of them. Especially since Wisniewski had already issued subpoenas and the assembly investigation was underway. If Christie had spoken to either of them it would have been construed as witness tampering (again, Wildstein was under subpoena) and interfering with an assembly investigation. I'm sure his general counsel told him to not to talk to them after their resignations. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt until I see a smoking gun or hear testimony from a credible witness saying he knew (meaning NOT one who cut a deal and got immunity to save their own skin). Lastly, you want to compare to Obama saying "well Christie created the culture that this was acceptable" but at least Christie had a 2 hour press conference answering every single question, fired the person in his staff responsible, and came to fort lee to apologize to our Mayor. Unlike Obama who hasn't answered a single question about the IRS, met with/apologized to the groups targeted, claimed executive privilege regarding fast and furious documents, threw susan rice under the bus on Benghazi, and LIED to us about obamacare letting us keep our coverage and the pitiful rollout that has costed us, the taxpayers, BILLIONS of dollars. Makes a special election look like the cost of a cup of lemonade at a kid's lemonade stand.
Jack B Goode January 27, 2014 at 05:37 PM
marge-teilhaber , Unless it is proven that the governor committed a crime, he should remain in office and be presumed innocent. That is how it is done in America. You would expect the same treatment for yourself,your family or your friends.
Marge Teilhaber January 27, 2014 at 05:49 PM
I never said he should be removed from office.
M.T. January 28, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Marge, your Jan. 25th message said: "...Christie of course knew but had no idea that a personal yahoo email would come to light that would blow the whole thing up in his face." In his press conference Christie said he did not know. Therefore, you must think he's a liar. So I guess you are content to have a liar as governor? And please don't give me the "they're all liars" tongue-in-cheek response.
Marge Teilhaber January 28, 2014 at 02:05 PM
I have to assume that Christie learned of the resignations in December of Wildstein and Baroni. They both quit over the GWB lane closure debacle and their involvement. We have no idea what exactly Christie was told about these resignations. He apparently asks no questions.
M.T. January 28, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Look Marge, you said "Christie knew." You can spin it now but it's clear you are a partisan who is out for blood and just want to see Christie go down. Maybe you're a public school teacher, I don't know. All I'm saying is let's afford our governor the same presumption of innocence and required burdens of proof that we afford drug dealers, sex offenders, and murders in our court system. Your liberal friends at the ACLU like to cry about that sort of stuff all the time...just not when it's a Republican though, right?
Marge Teilhaber January 28, 2014 at 04:53 PM
He knew that those two guys resigned from Port Authority. You need to read carefully before you reply. I'm not a teacher and I voted for him the first time.
M.T. January 28, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Marge, your original comment said he "knew". Knew what exactly? That people resigned? Wow, the entire world knew they resigned. What an indictment. Again, see my above comments as to why it would have been highly inappropriate for the Governor (or any elected official) to have any ex parte communication with officials who resigned that were subject of an assembly committee investigation.
Marge Teilhaber January 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM
For the third time now, "knew" referred to the December resignations of Wildstein and Baroni from PA. There was no investigation in December. Nothing happened until the email was uncovered in January "time for some traffic trouble in Fort Lee."
M.T. January 30, 2014 at 07:34 AM
There WAS an investigation in December being conducted by Wisnkiewski. For the FIFTH time now, it would have been inappropriate for Christie to have had any contact with officials who had resigned and were under subpoena or began his own investigation since the primary investigatory powers reside in the legislative branch. He asked if anyone in his administration knew and no one came forward. Everyone who reads politickernj "knew" they had resigned from the PA so your original statement was of no value if that's what you meant. @ Trenton Trencherman: You mean to say you've never been betrayed by someone you trusted? You've never known of anyone betrayed by someone they trusted? People aren't perfect and misjudge a person's character all the time. I remember quite vividly there was a person I trusted dearly in a professional setting and they turned out to have been lying to and misleading me and embezzling money. I was devastated because I actually saw them as my friend and I had to report them to HR and they were fired/arrested. Consider yourself lucky to have not had it happen to you. It's an awful experience. Also- no need to make fun of his weight loss surgery. People in my family have struggled with their weight their entire lives and it takes a great toll not just on the individual but also on the people around them. I'm glad he took a positive step towards becoming a healthier person. How's Chris Hayes at the MSNBC studio doing?
M.T. January 30, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Oh yeah, and our Mayor was law partners with Marc Macri, who was laundering money for drug dealers. http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime_courts/crime_courts_news/Prosecutor_charged_in_drug_ring_will_leave_practice_with_Fort_Lee_mayor.html How's that for misjudging a person's character? But no one suggested Mayor Sokolich "knew" about that. Your partisanship blinds you to common sense, logic, and even-handed application of our rules of law (i.e., a presumption of innocence, evidence requirement, etc.)
M.T. January 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM
You aren't funny.
M.T. January 30, 2014 at 05:19 PM
*Crickets* Riiight... and I'm the one whose head is hollow. I'm all for political humor but you actually have to be funny (you are not, sorry). Make sure you take your meds tonight.
Jack B Goode January 30, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Get your story straight funnyman. Giuliani didn't say that.

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