January 10th, 2014
01:47 PM ET
10 months ago

Another ex-official may be subpoenaed by N.J. state legislature

(CNN) – One day after an ex-official invoked his Fifth Amendment rights at a state legislative hearing on the New Jersey bridge scandal, CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King reports the legislative committee's chairman and staff are taking steps to subpoena Bridget Anne Kelly, a second key witness and Gov. Chris Christie's ex-deputy chief of staff.

Christie announced Thursday that he fired Kelly after recently emerged emails indicated she played a major role in the decision to shut down multiple access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as a political vendetta. The lane closures caused a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey, for nearly a week in September.

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The emails showed that Kelly and David Wildstein, a former Port Authority official and political appointee of Christie's, worked together to get the lanes closed. Wildstein resigned last month and appeared before the panel on Thursday under a subpoena but didn't answer any questions.

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For her part, Kelly would be considered a key witness to the committee if subpoenaed and to a criminal investigation that is in its early stages.

Christie said he didn't know until Wednesday that the lane closures were a politically-motivated act of retaliation against the Fort Lee mayor, who didn't endorse Christie last year as the Governor ran for re-election.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Keith ..... in Oregon

    Christie should declare that he is a Democrat instead of just playing one on TV. Democrats get a free pass on abuse of power.

    January 10, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "Thats about 20 more then the "fair and balanced" faux news reported."
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    January 10, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "twenty! nice. we are now up to 20 articles in just the ticker alone on this topic."

    Oh cry about it. Please. Your tears sustain us. We just watched CNN invent every insipid angle possible about the "broken" ACA federal exchange website that it possibly could...far more than 20 articles...and then drop the story like a hot turd as soon as the website was fixed and reporting extremely good enrollment numbers. In fact, I don't think there's even been one article on the Ticker whatsoever that has reported it as fixed or reported the good numbers it is showing (not to mention the good numbers the state exchanges are showing).

    CNN's motto: If it's good news, it's not news.

    January 10, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    tom l
    twenty! nice. we are now up to 20 articles in just the ticker alone on this topic.
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    Oh ... hey there, tom. It is good to see you're feeling well enough to comment again. Don't stress yourself, though. It does no good to suffer a relapse the day before the weekend starts.

    Been there, done that.

    January 10, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Hey Gt, wake up and smell the coffee. OK, let me revise: wake up, remove head from anus, smell the coffee.

    #1 - the people going nuts over Christie the most are your very own rightwing media lords.

    #2 - You got the wrong president. The president who gutted America was clearly Bush. The current president is dragging you malignant rightwingers, kicking and screaming, into properity. So sorry, I don't see as weak the person who authorized a bullet in bin Laden's head and hammered YOUR gonads on the concrete in the last two elections.....no wonder you post sounds like a little girl whining.

    January 10, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. current state of the union

    Charge him with manslaughter, it fits the requirements for it. I could only imagine what lengths they will go to cover this up.

    January 10, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. tom l

    tom l

    twenty! nice. we are now up to 20 articles in just the ticker alone on this topic.
    January 10, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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    Thats about 20 more then the "fair and balanced" faux news reported.

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    You guys are so ignorant and have no idea what you're talking about. This has been top news and all across Fox News.

    And to Tampa Tim, no it doesn't suck at all. If he had something to do with this then he should be gone. But to hear you babies on the left cry about how many articles there are about the ACA on here, which actually affects every single American (and with the Halliburton style of how the website was built, IYLYPYCKI, I can't keep my doctor, etc), unlike this story which only affects people in one town of the US makes me laugh.

    January 10, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Winston Smith

    Power hungry and now without a job. This is a slight glimpse into how they really care for you. Hell, they don't care for themselves let alone you.

    January 10, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. tom l

    @Sniffit
    ""twenty! nice. we are now up to 20 articles in just the ticker alone on this topic."

    Oh cry about it. Please. Your tears sustain us. We just watched CNN invent every insipid angle possible about the "broken" ACA federal exchange website that it possibly could...far more than 20 articles...and then drop the story like a hot turd as soon as the website was fixed and reporting extremely good enrollment numbers. In fact, I don't think there's even been one article on the Ticker whatsoever that has reported it as fixed or reported the good numbers it is showing (not to mention the good numbers the state exchanges are showing). "

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    You're such a whiz with google I would think you wouldn't make a mistake like that. There were several articles on here that it was fixed. And clearly you didn't catch my sarcasm and mocking all of you who cried, whined and complained (tearbucket?) about all of the articles for a site that was built by a Canadian company with no bids and awarded to a friend of Michelle Obama.

    I just find it funny how much you guys are all over this and want to know everything that happened but have no concern to get to the bottom of the IRS (7 months and the FBI is just starting to interview the affected people), Benghazi (sorry, they still haven't interviewed the people that survived), Fast and Furious, etc. But that's cool....THIS story matters and warrants 24/7 coverage for something that affected 1 town in 1 state. Just because the ACA affects every single American doesn't mean it's a big story. Just because Obama had no idea that the website wasn't ready – that's a witch hunt! But Christie definitely should know all about the traffic on a bridge and know every detail pertaining to it. You guys are so sad.

    January 10, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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