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  •  thanks Auriandra (2+ / 0-)
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    Auriandra, agiftagain

    I'll consider it.

    But Laura Vecsey was the one to spot the (possible) Silverstein connection.

    I should try to research Silverstein some more. Tried once, but didn't get very far.

    It's not like they publish their backroom dealings and horse-trading.

    If only there were a way to boil the whole shebang down to about 5 Paragraphs.

    Piece of Cake!

    •  looks like they're (3+ / 0-)
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      JVolvo, Auriandra, agiftagain

      still working together:

      despite parting ways back in 2009

      •  More good stuff (2+ / 0-)
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        a2nite, jamess

        Both of these have references to Silverstein, Samson:

        DemUnderground (1/19/2014): Why would Christie try to torpedo the billion $ Fort Lee redevelopment

        DemUnderground (1/12/2014): Steve Kornacki's theory on the Christie scandal [[much more, actually]]

        Plus the comments are interesting.

        There will be the unredacted Wildstein stuff sometime today.

        "All politics is national."

        by Auriandra on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:35:42 AM PST

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    •  You might try to reach Vecsey (3+ / 0-)
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      agiftagain, a2nite, jamess

      It seems she has an unnamed source:

      Someone that I know and respect who essentially ran a big Northeast state as a key aide to a certain governor likes to paint Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal like this:...
      Very intriguing... Does this "someone I know and respect" have a name? I wonder what state she is talking about. "Essentially ran" sounds like a pretty lofty job description.

      And don't belittle the work you have done. Like digging up this tidbit from the Port Authority minutes (, presided over by David Samson:

      [Mr. Hughes:] ...Now we come to learn that Mr. Rechler here has a close relationship with Navigant. I'm not suggesting that Mr. Rechler has done anything wrong any more than I am suggesting that Mr. Samson has done anything wrong as Chairman, even though he represented Larry Silverstein for many years when Mr. Silverstein was anything but a friend to the Port Authority and was operating very much against the public interest.

      Nor am I suggesting that Mr. Sartor here has done anything wrong either, though he had to recuse himself from voting 106 times since 2011, according to Shawn Boberg in yesterday's Record. But did he recuse himself from discussions before those meetings— before those votes rather? We don't know.

      Sometimes where there is smoke, there is just the appearance of smoke. But sometimes where there is smoke, there is fire. A prudent householder investigates the smoke immediately; a prudent citizenry, through its representatives in the press, should do likewise.

      People in positions of authority need to be like Caesar's wife -- above suspicion. Perhaps we at the Twin Towers Alliance would not be so suspicious of these apparent conflicts of interest if our Freedom of Information requests to the Port Authority produce certain documents we have long asked for. For all your talk about openness, you still operate in secrecy.

      This is High Drama. Reminds me of a scene from "The Road to Perdition." Maybe "Mr. Richard Hughes," too, has more to say. As an observer, & based also on the WSJ article I linked to previously (, it seems just possible that there were concerns from the start that Samson was coming in as a stooge [my words] to do the bidding of Larry Silverstein. As the saying goes, follow the money.

      "All politics is national."

      by Auriandra on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:44:30 AM PST

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