If only high-stakes horse trading ended there -- at the New Jersey's water edge. But sadly they don't. The Port Authority bargaining reach seems to know no bounds ...
New Jersey politicians strike back-room deal with Port Authority for Bayonne Bridge, WTC funding
by Douglas Feiden, Daily News Staff Writer, nydailynews.com -- Sep 15, 2010
New Jersey pols struck a $1 billion back-room deal with the Port Authority as their price for supporting a breakthrough pact to restore the World Trade Center, it was revealed Tuesday.
The PA board voted to pony up the cash to rebuild the Bayonne Bridge -- a top priority in the Garden State --after Jersey commissioners agreed last month to back a new financing deal for Ground Zero.
Without the bridge funding, a boost to Port Newark, New Jersey Gov. Christie would have blocked the PA from providing $1.6 billion in financing to developer Larry Silverstein, officials confirmed.
Nevermind that Samson and Silverstein have a long standing relationship
-- and that Samson used to work personally for Silverstein, back in his former life.
Good thing for Silverstein, that Bridge Funding came through; good thing for Samson, he had Baroni and Wildstein "working the refs" (ie the PA Commissioners) making "those extra slush funds" just mysteriously happen.
Kind of like billions appearing out of nowhere ... just pay no attention to those automated Toll Signs commuters, quietly raising your daily tax -- just for going to work.
Besides it's not like Silverstein really needed ALL that $1.6 billion anyways ... does he:
3 WTC is the incredible shrinking building
Larry Silverstein planned 80-story tower, but lack of tenants shrinks vision to 7-floor retail complex
by Simone Weichselbaum AND Erin Durkin, NYDailyNews.com -- Jan 22, 2012
A soaring skyscraper planned for the World Trade Center site may shrink to a measley seven stories.
Developer Larry Silverstein’s 3 World Trade Center office tower was supposed to rise to 80 stories -- but he’s planning to turn the tower into a teeny low-rise if he can’t find a big-time tenant, Crain’s New York reported.
A complex $1.6 billion deal struck in 2010 between Silverstein and the Port Authority required him to ink lease deals for almost 20% of the building in order to get public financing for Tower 3.
When such fungible funds are "so slushy" -- who can keep track of such big numbers anyways?
Or exactly how many floors, do or don't, actually end up getting built?
Certainly not Chris Christie, who's too busy being sad and outraged, at his wheeler-dealer staff ... And that pesky hysterical media.
Certainly not David Samson, who's too busy cutting $50 Million dollar deals, for his clients who gratefully pay his Million dollar retainer-fees.
Afterall, what's a few millions between colleagues, when no one is actually keeping track of how much slush, in their 'discretionary bucket' -- at any one given point in time ...
It's not like the motorists are going "to swim to work" ... ya know?