Bridgegate

Bridgegate Testimony: Christie Threatened to “Fucking Destroy” a County Official

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Former Port Authority executive David Wildstein has completed his testimony, but the Bridgegate trial is the gift that keeps on giving.

The next person in line to testify at the Bridgegate trial is former Christie staffer Chris Stark who shared a story about Governor Christie threatening to "destroy" a local county official.

Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley allegedly called Governor Christie a "fat motherfucker" because, according to Curley, Christie was only concerned with posing for cameras after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012 rather than actually helping Monmouth County.

Christie responded with a rant of his own in which he threatened Curley with political retaliation.

"Tell us what you understood," pressed Michael Critchley, defense attorney for Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor's former deputy chief of staff,who with Bill Baroni, once a close associate and deputy executive director of the Port Authority, are charged with nine counts of conspiracy, fraud and related charges in connection with the September 2013 toll lane shutdowns at the bridge.

Stark responded: "All right. From what I understood of the conversation, the governor told Mr. Curley: "Who the (expletive) do you think you are calling me a fat (expletive)? I'm the (expletive) governor of this state. If you're not in Keansburg standing behind me tomorrow at the podium, I will (expletive) destroy you. I will have a robo-call sent out to every Republican in Monmouth County before Election Day telling them not to vote for you."

The idea that Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni were thrown under the bus by Chris Christie is central to their defense and it appears that their attorneys are doing a fairly good job of establishing that Christie knew about the Bridgegate lane closure and may have even sanctioned them. Stark's testimony furthers the notion that Christie is a vindictive bully who is fully capable of punishing his political opponents.

With that said, we can't read the minds of the jury who may or may not see it differently, but there's still plenty of testimony from other witnesses left to share.

  • Aynwrong

    Ahhh, the refreshing stench of New Jersey politics. It never gets old. Excuse me while I light a scented candle.

  • muselet

    Chris Stark is probably telling the truth. It’s certainly consistent with everything I know about Chris Christie (which is far too much). John Curley brought a little of this on himself—you don’t call the sitting governor nasty names if you’re depending on him to help after a disaster—but Christie’s reaction was that of a middle-school bully who got called out.

    Luckily for us all, Chris Christie will never be elected President. All we have to worry about is what position he’d hold in a Trump administration.

    –alopecia

    • Badgerite

      Probably Food Taster. For the inevitable poisoning attempt by the GOP after they realize what they have wrought.

      • Aynwrong

        That better be some strong stuff if it’s gonna bring down Christie.

      • muselet

        He is uniquely well-qualified for the position.

        –alopecia

    • Victor the Crab

      Chris Christie’s title to Drumph will be as it has been since he sold his obese soul to the Tangerine Nightmare: Personal Bitch!

      • muselet

        I believe the polite term is “manservant.”

        –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      Put it to ya this way, I have a feeling the Justice Dept. would find itself being renamed The Ministry of Justice.