New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's press secretary met with federal investigators for several hours on Thursday and answered questions about what role, if any, he played in the closing of access lanes at the George Washington Bridge in September, according to his lawyer.
Attorney Anthony Iacullo declined to discuss the questions put to long-time Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak.
"Mike Drewniak is my client. I know Mike from his many years at the United States Attorney's Office to be a genuinely hardworking and honest individual, and I am pleased to represent his interests," Iacullo said in a written statement. "He is at best a witness and a tangential figure in these events and proceedings, and I am certain all fair, objective and non-partisan parties will recognize that as we move forward."
While Iacullo would not say where the federal investigation is heading, he writes that Drewniak is not being looked at as someone who may have broken the law.
"During our meeting today with the United States Attorney's Office, we were assured that Mike is not a target of any investigation but a fact witness. He will continue to cooperate fully with federal authorities as needed," the statement read.
Drewniak is no stranger to the U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey. He was spokesman for the office for more than 10 years, including Christie's tenure.
Christie's press secretary is the first member of the governor's inner circle to publically acknowledge having met with investigators as they look into the apparent act of political retribution possibly aimed at the mayor of Fort Lee. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney would not say whether other members of Christie's administration have been interviewed.
Last week, Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich met with federal investigators for more than three hours, according to his attorney. The Democrat believes lanes leading to the nation's busiest bridge were closed, causing massive traffic jams in his town for four days, because he wouldn't cross party lines and endorse Christie's re-election campaign.
Documents submitted to New Jersey legislators investigating the so-called Bridgegate scandal revealed that Port Authority deputy executive director Bill Baroni wrote to David Wildstein - the man who allegedly orchestrated the lane closures - urging him to "Call Drewniak" when reporters started asking about the gridlock. Both men were appointed to the bi-state transportation agency by Christie.
The governor has repeatedly and vehemently denied knowing about the lane closures until after the fact and claims to have had nothing to do with it.