Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Top Port Authority cops say Baroni wanted them to lie

Paul Nunziato, left, and Mike DeFilippis, right, leave federal court on Tuesday
Paul Berger reports for The Record:

Two top cops at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey described to a federal jury on Tuesday how one of Governor Christie’s allies embroiled them in a plot to cover up the politically-motivated closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Paul Nunziato and Mike DeFilippis, the president and second vice-president of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, said that Christie’s ally, Bill Baroni, told them to falsely take partial responsibility for the lane closures.

They said that when they refused, Baroni lied on their behalf anyway, telling New Jersey lawmakers that Nunziato and DeFilippis had requested lane changes at the bridge because of concerns over the safety of traffic officers.

Deborah Gramiccioni outside federal court 

Earlier in the day, jurors heard testimony from a former Christie aide, Deborah Gramiccioni, who described how the governor’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, became increasingly distraught as the true motivation for the lane closures began to spill out into the public during the winter of 2013 and as Governor Christie became increasingly angry.

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