Chris Christie Somehow Involved in Second Bridge Scandal

AP Photo | Mel Evans

AP Photo | Mel Evans

Chris Christie is being investigated in a second bridge scandal, according to a report from the New York Times. The investigation — which the Times sourced to “people briefed on the matter” — centers on renovations to the Pulaski Skyway.

The Skyway, which opened in 1932, is notoriously unreliable. (“Unpredictable traffic congestion and its functionally obsolete design makes the Skyway one of the most unreliable roads in the United States,” Wikipedia helpfully notes.) The bridge closed to Northbound traffic as part of a massive overhaul in April. In 2010 and 2011, Christie wanted to use Port Authority money for repairs on the obsolete bridge. The problem? The Port Authority doesn’t own the bridge, the state does, and so it couldn’t.

But Christie persisted, and the authority justified the use of the money by calling the Skyway an access route to the Lincoln Tunnel. The Skyway actually connects to the Holland Tunnel, which is not eligible for Port Authority funds. The money for Skyway repairs was coming from the $3 billion in Port Authority money freed up when Christie killed the ARC trans-Hudson tunnel project in 2010.

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Chris Christie Uses Jersey Tax Dollars to Buy the Presidency

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When Chris Christie starts his run for the presidency a year from now — and despite Bridgegate, it’s now pretty clear that he’s running — he will no doubt list among his accomplishments that he’s a job creator.

That’s not quite right. He’s a job stealer. Maybe a job buyer. But job creator? Nah. “Creator” implies making something where nothing existed before. And that’s not Christie’s job strategy for New Jersey. Instead, what Christie does is take what was created elsewhere and claim it for the Garden State.

Christie’s strategy — and the reason for it — became abundantly clear in Thursday’s New York Times report about his administration’s economic development policies. It’s startling stuff: His administration has given away $4 billion in economic subsidies since 2010 to lure or keep companies in Jersey  — up dramatically from the $1.2 billion given away by the state during the 10 years previous to that.

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It’s Not Just the Sixers: Jersey Is Paying Big to Lure New Jobs

Photo | Mel Evans

Photo | Mel Evans

There’s been some grumbling locally this week about New Jersey’s $82 million package to lure the Sixers headquarters and practice facilities to Camden. That’s part of a broader strategy by Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lure jobs to the state through massive subsidies: He’s granted $4 billion in such subsidies during his governorship — up from $1.2 billion granted by the state the 10 years before he took office.

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