NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: 'I do think laws have been broken'
January 11th, 2014
01:57 PM ET
9 months ago

NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: 'I do think laws have been broken'

(CNN) - The Democratic New Jersey legislator leading an investigation into Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration says he believes laws were broken when the governor's aides ordered lane closures at the nation's busiest bridge.

"I do think laws have been broken," said State Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who's also deputy speaker. "Public resources - the bridge, police officers - all were used for a political purpose, for some type of retribution, and that violates the law."

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  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's starting to look that way, Christi might as well FORGET running for president.sounds like something they would do in a third world country like SOMIALIA where the GOP gets it's reverse looking agenda from!!!!!!

    January 11, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    He seems to have been breaking laws all along.
    He seems to have caused the death of one woman during this traffic mess trying to bully somebody for not liking his bigness.

    January 11, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Diva's and Primadonna's , they thought they were above the law !

    January 11, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. ChrisM

    You bet laws were broken. Lots of laws were broken. The emails Already show it is a cover up and a crime was committed . That is for sure. Many people will go to jail. The question is will they take Christie with them. I am sure one of Christie's staff or appointees will crack under FBI questioning and other investigations

    January 11, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Smitty

    If Christie knew or didn't he like Obammy should be canned for lying and breaking laws. Is it Ok for bammy to break the law ?? What should we expect from any of these yahoos with Bammy breaking laws daily.

    January 11, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Bob

    Lets see- abuse of powers, illegal blocking of commerce and trade, etc.. These folks all need to be in jail. Then again they are republicans so no surprise that they view themselves above the law. And this dem is an idiot.

    January 11, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    He clearly closed the lanes for political purpose. I bet to suppress voters too just like NC.

    January 11, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. wendel

    ya think. lets put citizens at risk so we can punish political opponents

    January 11, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Evergreen

    Too bad. I was looking forward to Christie ripping Paul Ryan a new during the GOP primary.

    January 11, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Former Republican

    It looks like the only real challenger to Hillary is in deep doodoo. Seems like we Democrats will have veto power until at least 2024.

    January 11, 2014 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    If Gov Christie masterminded or participated in the crime, he should go to jail. If he didn't know, he is incompetent and should resign. Gov Çhristie is not a straight talking populist politician. He is a common bully and thug, unworthy of New Jersey citizens' trust and admiration.

    January 11, 2014 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. GOP shutdown gov't on the unemployed.

    KFC: May I take your order.
    Dem: Yes, I have a coke, fries and make my chicken Christie!

    January 11, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Really?

    Who cares. A couple of lanes being closed on a bridge does not compare to the lawlessness of Obama. He still has not taken any action to help the investigations into the IRS manipulation of an election, Benghazi as well as all the people who lost and will lose their health insurance due to Obamacare. This is simply a ruse to gain access to Christies private practice information to feed to Hillary for her campaign. How disgusting how low Obama and this administration will go.

    January 11, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Larry in Houston

    maybe they will end up placing Christy in the same cell w/ blago...they both deserve each other....I'm sure they will have some of the same things in common....then sometime before the end of his regime, the current occupant of the W.H. will end up giving them both a "pardon" sometime in December 2016

    January 11, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. belinda

    Why should they crack, they will be guaranteed cushy jobs, out of the public eye, during his hopeless presidential campaign quest. This calls for a full investigation, into every questionable thing he has ever done.

    January 11, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    I don't know if laws were broken, but it does seem that there was a level of corruption. People who were employed and trusted by Christie to do an honest job were anything but honest.

    January 11, 2014 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Sure laws have been broken. The question is, will anyone be held accountable? All too many times the offence get's glossed over, while the ones responsible skate away as if nothing happened.

    January 11, 2014 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. RonL

    This situation is truly unacceptable. What alarms me the most is the way Governor Christie was so condescending when he was first asked about the lane closures. Joking that he was manning the cones!! He was so arrogant that he did not even think it was worth his time to investigate it!! Frankly, I have never cared for the disrespectful way he talks to people that ask him questions that HE THINKS are beneath him. My opinion is, his personality given the power of the Presidency would be a BAD combination. His staff reflects his personality and if he does not think he is a bully, he is in DENIAL.

    January 11, 2014 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. pay US debt in teabags

    he is a post Lincoln republican, what do you expect?

    January 12, 2014 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  20. pay US debt in teabags

    what do you expect? After all he is a post Lincoln republican,
    Republican ethics were transformed after Lincoln's death.

    Long live Tea pot dome, and Nixon's war on whatever....
    Long live the aptly named Tea Party, infesting the carcass of the republican party.

    January 12, 2014 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  21. A Kickin' Donkey

    I am actually glad to see this and want to see more of it. I can't tell you how many times I've heard cops use weak, whimsical, flimsy charges against black & latino youth as a means of harassing them. Things like "resisting arrest", "disobeying a "lawful order", etc. These charges are used to detain, arrest people who otherwise have done NOTHING wrong.

    It's high time those in the establishment power structure were treated to the same flimsy [even if "legal"] justifications for probes, arrests, having to incur lawyer fees, having to post bond/bail, having their records impuned, etc.

    What happened with the bridge was an attack on the common everyday citizen. Christie and his minions should be made an example of. Have these trickle down, Republicans gotten so full of themse? It is not. lves that they think this is OK

    January 12, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Peace

    I will be surprised if they won't end up in jail. These people really acted. It is not like Blagojevich who just intended to sell the Senate seat of the current President and didn't take money ( didn't act), but he is in jail now serving.

    January 12, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. ST

    They have committed an offence and must be punished. They punished even those who were less concerned in voting in New Jersey: children; visitors; those who never involve themselves in politics or never vote at all; elders; those who haven't reached the age to vote; people burned more fuel which wasn't necessary thus polluted the air.

    January 12, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |