A former state worker who was fired from his state job after David Wildstein published a news article about several of his social media posts, is suing the Republican dirty trickster who publishes a political news blog.
Jeffrey Dye, who is president of Passaic’s NAACP chapter, was dismissed about a year ago from his job as a business representative, earning a $56,000 salary at the state Labor Department.
Acting as his own lawyer, Dye filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court in Passaic County charging Wildstein and the New Jersey Globe with defamation, seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.
In the complaint, Dye denies several allegations made against him in the Globe, particularly that he berated Wildstein with anti-Semitic invective when he called to do a story after Dye was found to have several controversial Facebook posts.
The Facebook posts attributed to Dye included one that alleged Israel sterilized Ethiopian Jewish immigrants, another that compared atrocities against blacks to those against Jews and another that cited former state Schools Development Authority CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco, who Dye allegedly accused of “hiring all Latino family members and friends and excluding black people.”
In particular, Wildstein wrote that Dye told the New Jersey Globe, “I don’t talk to fucking Jews,” during a very brief telephone interview that ended with, “Get the fuck out of here.” Dye denies that exchange took place.
Dye, who is president of Passaic’s NAACP chapter, posted a denial on August 28, 2019, asserting that the allegation he used that language, “Is Simply A Lie By David Wallstien.”
Wildstein has labeled other political rivals as anti-Semitic, some for causes that appear to be unjustified, among them Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Jersey City School Board member Joan Terrell-Paige, Trenton City Council President Kathy McBride and two of her colleagues, Council members George Muschal and Robin Vaughn (who Wildstein also marked as homophobic).
If there appears to be a trend in Wildstein’s disclosures of anti-Semites, which are often followed by trains of elected officials calling for the resignation of or passing similar judgments on those accused by Wildstein, it’s a standard play in witch hunting.
Before reinventing himself as a journalist, Wildstein masterminded the George Washington Bridge shutdown during the administration of former Gov. Chris Christie and kept secret his longtime involvement with PoliticsNJ, another blog that was ultimately sold to President Donald Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner
While serving as a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Wildstein arranged traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge to punish Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor for not endorsing the Republican for re-election.
Wildstein resigned from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after being implicated in the scandal, and he later pled guilty to federal crimes and assisted in the prosecution of his conspirators under a deal with U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
After Wildstein admitted to devising a political retribution scheme to create massive traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge in 2013, the United States Supreme Court.
Dye attributed his firing to defamatory articles in the NJ Globe, a political website run by Wildstein.
The United States Supreme Court overturned the guilty verdicts of Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly and William Baroni, the top political appointee at the Port Authority, as well as Wildstein.
With all nine justices voting unanimously, the court threw out the criminal convictions, thus setting the Bridgegate villains free and opening doors for future acts of retaliation and retribution.
Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan said federal prosecutors in Newark improperly applied federal fraud laws in charging the political operatives with participating in the scheme that was meant to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for his refusal to endorse the re-election of Christie, a Republican.
“The evidence the jury heard no doubt shows wrongdoing — deception, corruption, abuse of power,” Kagan said in her 15-page opinion. “But the federal fraud statutes at issue do not criminalize all such conduct.”
The Bridgegate plot, which began with Kelly’s infamous email, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” set off massive gridlock on Fort Lee’s narrow streets leading to George Washington Bridge during portions of five days in September 2013.
The three access lanes from Fort Lee to the Bridge were reduced to just one. Cars, buses and trucks — along with police, fire and ambulance units — then backed up into the borough’s streets, unable to move for hours.
Rather than calling this action a crime, the Court said the realignment of traffic lanes — no matter the purpose — was a “quintessential exercise of regulatory power.”
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