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Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP

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An internal review paid for by the NJ governor's office examining the allegations surrounding the George Washington Bridge lane closures and Hurricane Sandy aid.
An internal review paid for by the NJ governor's office examining the allegations surrounding the George Washington Bridge lane closures and Hurricane Sandy aid.

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March 26, 2014 REPORT OF GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP CONCERNING ITS INVESTIGATION ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY INTO ALLEGATIONS REGARDING THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE LANE REALIGNMENT AND SUPERSTORM SANDY AID TO THE CITY OF HOBOKEN
 
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Page i I.
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .......................................................................................................1
 
A.
 
George Washington Bridge Toll Lane Realignment At Fort Lee ..................................1
 
1.
 
The Participants In This Act ..............................................................................2
 
2.
 
The Role Of The Governor ..............................................................................10
 
3.
 
The Role Of The Governor’s Senior Staff, Besides Bridget Kelly ..................11
 
4.
 
Conclusion .......................................................................................................12
 
B.
 
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s Allegations Concerning Sandy Aid .......................12
 
1.
 
Mayor Zimmer’s Specific Allegations .............................................................13
 
a.
 
Mayor Zimmer’s Exchange With Lieutenant Governor Guadagno ..........14
 
 b.
 
Mayor Zimmer’s Exchange With DCA Commissioner Constable ............16
 
c.
 
Mayor Zimmer’s Exchange With GORR Executive Director Ferzan .......18
 
2.
 
Other Factors Bearing On Mayor Zimmer’s Allegations ................................21
 
a.
 
Scope Of The Conspiracy Alleged And Inability To Carry It Out ............21
 
 b.
 
Mayor Zimmer’s Changing Account Over Time.......................................22
 
c.
 
Mayor Zimmer’s Mischaracterization Of The Rockefeller Group’s Role ............................................................................................................22
 
d.
 
Lack Of Substantiation For Mayor Zimmer’s Claims ...............................23
 
3.
 
Conclusion .......................................................................................................24
 
C.
 
Recommendations ........................................................................................................24
 
1.
 
Governor’s Office ............................................................................................25
 
2.
 
Port Authority ..................................................................................................26
 
3.
 
Other Related Proposals ...................................................................................28 II.
 
SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY OF THE INVESTIGATION .............................................30
 
A.
 
Issues ............................................................................................................................30
 
1.
 
Allegations Regarding The George Washington Bridge Lane Realignment .....................................................................................................30
 
a.
 
Inquiries Concerning The Bridge Lane Realignment ................................31
 
 b.
 
Creation Of The New Jersey Select Committees Of Investigation ............32
 
c.
 
The U.S. Attorney’s Office For The District Of New Jersey ....................34
 
2.
 
Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s Allegations Regarding Superstorm Sandy Aid For Hoboken, New Jersey ................................................................................34
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS (continued)
Page ii B.
 
Retention Of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP ..............................................................35
 
1.
 
Purpose And Scope ..........................................................................................35
 
2.
 
Work Performed ...............................................................................................38
 
C.
 
Key Members Of Gibson Dunn’s Investigation Team ................................................39 III.
 
OVERVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR ........................................................42
 
A.
 
Chief Of Staff ...............................................................................................................42
 
B.
 
Counsel’s Office ..........................................................................................................43
 
C.
 
Office Of Legislative And Intergovernmental Affairs .................................................43
 
D.
 
Governor’s Office Of Recovery And Rebuilding ........................................................44 IV.
 
FINDINGS OF FACT: THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE LANE REALIGNMENT .....................................................................................................................45
 
A.
 
Background On The George Washington Bridge And The Port Authority Of  New York And New Jersey .........................................................................................45
 
B.
 
Background On The Christie Re-Election Campaign, IGA, And Mayor Sokolich’s March 2013 Decision Not To Endorse Governor Christie ........................50
 
C.
 
In-Depth Fact Chronology ...........................................................................................52
 
1.
 
July–September 2013: Events Preceding The Lane Realignment ..................53
 
a.
 
Summer 2013: Port Authority Preparation For The Lane Realignment ..53
 
 b.
 
August 2013: Wildstein And Kelly Communicate About The Lane Realignment ...............................................................................................54
 
c.
 
September 6–8, 2013: Weekend Before The Lane Realignment ..............56
 
2.
 
September 9–13, 2013: Implementation Of The Lane Realignment ..............59
 
a.
 
Day One: Monday, September 9, 2013 .....................................................59
 
 b.
 
Day Two: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 ..................................................62
 
c.
 
Day Three: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 ...........................................64
 
d.
 
Day Four: Thursday, September 12, 2013 ................................................65
 
e.
 
 Night Four And Into Day Five: Friday, September 13, 2013 – Foye Reverses Lane Realignment .......................................................................67

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