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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bridgegate: Degrees of Separation

Sometimes the most useful attribute of an investigative attorney is simply having one hell of a memory.

This article in the Sunday Star-Ledger questions (legitimately) whether the blended $650/hour New Jersey taxpayers are paying for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to represent "the office of the Governor" in the various New Jersey official investigations into the Bridgegate / George Washington Bridge lane closures and the use of federal funds for Hurricane Sandy recovery (if not other items) isn't really a disguised way to represent Chris Christie the individual.  

(Some speculate he will wind up referenced in some official court pleading from the Justice Department as "Governor 1".  Just like U.S. Attorney Christie referred to the then-sitting New Jersey Governor, James McGreevey, in connection with the prosecution of fundraiser David D'Amiano.  That's the investigation that introduced the word "Machiavelli" into New Jersey political lore. But read my June 2011 article that makes another fascinating connection.)

Now, many unexplained or opaque occurrences -- you might call them coincidences -- are explained only by "it's who you know."   Now's the time to ask: Who is Debra Wong Yang. 

Answer #1:  She was one of the corporate monitors selected by Christie as U.S. Attorney to oversee some wayward company his office prosecuted, back about seven years ago.  

But there's more.

Answer #2:  She was the former U.S. Attorney out of Los Angeles in the last decade, back when Christie was New Jersey's U.S. Attorney.

Answer #3:  After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, Yang went into private practice and joined a law firm.  Which law firm?  Why, it's...Gibson, Dunn.  

That would explain a lot, wouldn't it.

The ever-expanded cast of characters (or at least the revelation of same) involves people with whom the Governor of New Jersey has had some sort of working relationship in the past. I have to wonder when a certain mulch farmer from Piscataway, NJ will be revealed to be a witness.

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