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.
“A former top state official has pled guilty, with two others indicted (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.
“This 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.
“We 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.”