Investigations into Chris Christie's "Bridgegate" scandal, the politically motivated lane closings at the George Washington Bridge last year, have yielded some decidedly bad news for the New Jersey governor: Another Christie bridge scandal at a completely different bridge.
In this new chapter of the Christie saga, investigators are pointing to securities-law violations in a $1.8 billion road-repair agreement from 2011, according to reporting in The New York Times. This time the inquiries are centered around the Pulaski Skyway, the dilapidated roadway connecting Newark to Jersey City. The Christie administration sought to repair the crumbling thoroughfare by diverting Port Authority funds from a new Hudson River rail tunnel canceled by Christie in the fall of 2010.
Port Authority lawyers warned the Christie administration that the Pulaski Skyway, which is owned and operated by the state, falls outside of the agency's purview. Christie's team justified the spending by calling the road an access way to the Lincoln Tunnel (something that does fall under agency purview), although the two aren't connected. Soon after, Port Authority lawyers changed their tune, altering a memo to say the agency did in fact have authority over the project. "We are now saying we have legislative authority," the revised document read, according to The Times.