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'Sexist Remarks' Inappropriate in 'Bridgegate' Report, Lawyer Says

Bridget Anne Kelly's attorney said report was a 'preemptive strike' against his client and an attempt to damage her credibility.

The attorney for the former Gov. Chris Christie aide at the center of the "Bridgegate" scandal said the internal investigation's "venomous, gratuitous, and inappropriate sexist remarks" were unprofessional and inappropriate in the 360-page report released Thursday.

The $1 million report characterized Bridget Anne Kelly, who was fired earlier this year as Christie's deputy chief of staff, as nervous and emotional, and claimed her failed "personal relationship" with Bill Stepien may have played a role in the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

Kelly's attorney, Michael Critchley, called the report “a preemptive strike” against his client that attempted to tarnish her credibility, according to The Star-Ledger.

“Ms. Kelly is not a liar. She is a single mother of four children who was deeply devoted and committed to her job at the Office of the Governor," Critchley told the Ledger. "She worked tirelessly to pursue the goals of the Office during her tenure."

Randy Mastro, an attorney with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher that conducted the investigation, said Kelly's alleged failed romance with Christie's former campaign manager could explain the lack of communication between the two during the lane closures, according to The Daily Beast.

"As I explained at yesterday’s press briefing, these facts are unquestionably relevant because they help 'explain a lack of communication between the two of them during a critical period' when Kelly gave the 'go-ahead' to David Wildstein, a Christie appointee at the Port Authority, [to do the ‘traffic study’]," Mastro is quoted as saying in the article.

Critchley called the report incomplete and failed to review "all pertinent evidence," the Ledger reported. The investigation's findings claimed Christie had no knowledge of the lane closures and also discredited Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's accusations the governor's administration threatened to withhold Sandy recovery funds if the city didn't approve a redevelopment project.

The report claimed Kelly, 42, a Ramsey resident, orchestrated the lane closures and pointed to her infamous email that stated, "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," as a key piece of evidence.

However, the investigative team was not able to speak with Kelly, Wildstein and David Samson, who resigned Friday as chairman of the Port Authority.
polopete March 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Nice. When you don't get the result you want, it's a fraud. Ok to disparage a firm of lawyers as being corrupt in the process. Unscrupulous lawyers around? You bet. Do have any shread of evidence that they whitewashed anything? No but you can proselytize behind your keyboard. The divide and conquer thread throughout our country is going to be the downfall. If you are one party or the other you are either always right or always wrong. No middle ground. Great. Just take the Obama way, one person one vote, so alienate the minority and you get the majority
FIMF the ll March 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Thank goodness for bi-partisan proselytizers like polopete that got the divide and conquerors number
William March 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Answer to all Traffic to The Big Apple. Move many of the Corporations, and Business that are there to The NJ side of The River, Build what is needed here or use all the empty buildings that exists in all parts of NJ. With all the technology that exists today there is no reason not to. NJ. is missing out on what could be while NY has a Campaign to attract businesses with no taxes going on now, Make NJ a place that they would want to locate not driving them out. how many have left past 20 years, just look at all the empty acres where factory's once stood that moved out, To do this would Save Billions in Tolls, Commuting costs, create Millions of NJ jobs. One only has to look at Huston Texas where they are booming attracting business from may states including NJ I know of 3 right now that are in the works of just that move, with around 1500 jobs going with them some lost forever. Wake up NJ and ask your self why someone wants to go thru the BS every day and travel to NY City. When you can have less hours more money in your pockets. Start The movement to NJ. Final thought that would also end The Bull S%^& of The Port Authority tool hikes transit costs. NY State income tax paid , But but we all know that will never happen with politics as they are Sorry for the soap box speech. Almost forgot where and who are going to fill all that space at the New Freedom Towers. what and how many empty spaces will it create in The City. or will it remain empty as a Monument and Museum for 9-11
Teaneck_Guns March 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Oh I agree, there is just so much sexism, Sig - on the side of the Democrats, anyway. Exhibit No. 1 is Obama, who as senator hired a majority of men as his senior staffers, while McCain, by contrast, hired a majority of women as his senior staffers. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2008/09/is-mccains-sena/
BellairBerdan March 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Teaneck_Guns are you saying one cannot be sexist if one hires women? Or if one is presented with binders full of women? Or maybe because some of your best friends are women?

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