(CNN) - The lawyer for the New Jersey special legislative committee investigating the Christie administration's role in a September shutdown of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge met with federal prosecutors Friday.
A statement released by the committee's co-chairs - Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Sen. Loretta Weinberg - confirmed that Reid Schar, the attorney handling the legislature's probe, met with officials from U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman's office, the latest signal that the federal inquiry into the "Bridgegate" affair may become a full-blown criminal investigation.
"I am comfortable that the committee's investigation may continue," Schar said in the statement.
"We will be mindful of the need to avoid taking steps that could inappropriately impede any investigation the U.S. attorney's office may be conducting," Schar said.
David Wildstein, a former New Jersey Port Authority official and Christie appointee, on Friday alleged "evidence exists" that contradicts Gov. Chris Christie’s claim he knew nothing about the notorious traffic lane closures in Fort Lee that were part of a political revenge scheme to punish the town's mayor for not endorsing Christie for re-election.
The fresh allegations from Wildstein's legal team, led by Alan Zegas, reignited the debate over whether the governor knew his aides had instructed the Port Authority to snarl traffic.
A statement released by the Christie administration said the letter written by Zegas "confirms what the governor has said all along - he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened and whatever Mr. Wildstein's motivations were for closing them to begin with." Wildstein resigned his Port Authority post.
Christie has seen his poll numbers fall dramatically since the allegations emerged. An ABC News/Washington Post national survey released Thursday morning indicated Christie continues to lose support, as he garnered only 13% support in a hypothetical contest for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination.
Multiple polls at the end of 2013 showed Christie as the unquestioned front-runner.