NJ Politics Digest: Chris Christie’s Last Bridegate Effort Targets Former Aides

Chris Christie. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Even as he was entering the final weeks of his final term, former Gov. Chris Christie and his administration were still taking steps to punish perceived enemies, according to a report this weekend on NorthJersey.com.

Late in the afternoon of the last working day of 2017, the state Attorney General’s office filed legal paperwork seeking to ensure those convicted in the Bridgegate scandal—Bill Baroni, Bridget Kelly and David Waldstein—never again hold a government job in New Jersey. The state filed similar paperwork against former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, too.

A spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office maintained the effort was in keeping with how the office treats other public officials and employees convicted of crimes that involve their office or position.

But critics say the odd hour of the filings, plus the unlikelihood of Baroni, Kelly or Wildstein ever again being hired for a public post, make the effort appear odd. As the report notes, the filings seem to conform to Christie’s well-known penchant “to confront, undermine and often punish critics or perceived enemies, sometimes in meanspirited ways.”

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