Anonymous Sources Tell Esquire at Least Four Chris Christie Associates Will Be Indicted

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June 19 2014 7:22 PM

Anonymous Sources Tell Esquire at Least Four Chris Christie Associates Will Be Indicted

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Christie, last week.

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Esquire writer Scott Raab, who has been blogging about/reporting on the Chris Christie Bridgegate case for the magazine, writes today (in a piece co-bylined with Lisa Brennan) that four Christie aides and associates—David Wildstein, Bill Baroni, Bridget Kelly, and Bill Stepien—will "certainly be indicted" by a grand jury at the request of U.S. attorney Paul Fishman. The piece also strongly suggests that Christie ally and former New York/New Jersey Port Authority chair David Samon could be in for a bit of the ol' corruption prosecution. The claims are attributed to two sources with "intimate knowledge of the case." More specifics:

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...
Fishman’s timetable is unclear -- he has yet to send out target letters even to the lower-hanging fruit: Wildstein and Baroni, and Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien, Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff and his former campaign manager, each deeply implicated in the Fort Lee/GWB debacle. One source expects Fishman to return some indictments as soon as next month. Both sources say that all of those four certainly will be indicted -- and both further note that Fishman, an Obama appointee, hopes to see the entire matter resolved before this President’s term expires.
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Esquire writes that Fishman "believes" he will ultimately be able to indict Christie, though the piece doesn't say what the governor might be accused of.

For a thorough summary of Bridgegateghazi, see Ryan Lizza's April New Yorker piece.

Correction, June 20, 2014: This post originally misstated that U.S. attorney Paul Fishman will reportedly indict Christie's associates. If Fishman wants to prosecute the individuals for felony crimes, he must ask a federal grand jury to issue indictments against them.

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