Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) says that with ex-Port Authority executive David Wildstein pleading guilty, along with former deputy executive director Bill Baroni and ex-Gov. Chris Christie Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly getting indicted, for their alleged respective roles in the Bridgegate scandal, there was a “blatant abuse of government power.”
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“This is a troubling day for New Jersey,” Prieto began in a prepared statement.
â€œA former top state official has pled guilty, with two others indictedÂ (h/t PolitickerNJ). These are deeply concerning, though those indicted are presumed innocent until proven guilty. I have full faith in the justice system to resolve this matter appropriately, and I hope the process produces answers for the people of New Jersey.”
Prieto, a Democrat, has bumped heads with Christie, a Republican, on a variety of issues in the past, including reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
â€œThis is also a reminder of the need to reform the Port Authority, and how the governor was so wrong to reject our bipartisan legislation. That reform effort will continue,” Prieto added.
â€œWe know what happened here was a grave threat to public safety and a blatant abuse of government power. It can never be repeated, and I pray lessons have been learned.â€