Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday, the news broke that Gov. Chris Christie met in September with an executive whose company has been linked to allegations involving Hurricane Sandy relief money and a real estate development. Now, TPM's own Hunter Walker reports that the ties between the governor and the executive run much deeper. Both have more than a decade of involvement with the same New Jersey charity. You're going to want to read this.
Gov. Chris Christie's administration plans its second event of the day to push back against the allegations from the mayor of Hoboken, N.J. This one is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and involves the director of the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding. Stay tuned.
Now that New Jersey's Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) is in the news, it's worth revisiting the profile our own Hunter Walker wrote about her last year. Turns out she's something of a mystery even to New Jersey political insiders. But she's the person who will inherit the governor's office if Chris Christie leaves to run for president.
Meanwhile this morning, Guadagno strongly denied allegations that she threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy aid from Hoboken, N.J. unless the mayor there approved a development project favored by the governor.
One of the questions that hangs over the Chris Christie bridge scandal involves his hot-headed spokesman, Michael Drewniak. Emails show Drewniak met with one of the Port Authority officials at the center of the scandal just a short time before the official announced his resignation. So what was said at that dinner, and what role does it play in the scandal? Plenty of questions here.
The scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the George Washington Bridge is a complicated one. It has a long list of characters and a lot of moving parts. We've come up with some simple guides to help you navigate it.
For one, we've just published an updated list of the cast involved in the scandal. From Christie's inner circle to some Jersey Democrats digging into it, these are the people who are making the governor's life hell right now.