Emails released this week show then-Christie aide Bill Stepien attempted to arrange meetings between Governor Chris Christie and the Democratic mayors of Belleville and Orange at the request of one of Christie’s top Democratic allies, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, according to a report in Politico.
“The emails are significant because they appear to show the governor being informed directly that a public office under his charge was engaging in political activities, and may undercut a claim made in a report commissioned by the Christie administration in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal: That the IGA only became a taxpayer-funded political tool under the direction of Bridgegate defendant Bridget Kelly after Stepien had left to run Christie’s re-election campaign,” the report notes.
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In a second story published by WNYC, a pair of Bridgegate defendants allege that Christie’s cellphone, text messages and emails are missing or have been destroyed.
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