Former top Christie aide wants to see new emails
March 12th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
7 months ago

Former top Christie aide wants to see new emails

Updated 5:55 p.m. ET, 3/12/14

(CNN) – The attorney for a former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday demanded that state officials investigating a political scandal roiling his administration turn over additional emails they have uncovered.

The move comes a day after the attorney representing the state legislative investigative committee, Reid Schar, asked a judge to enforce a subpoena seeking documents from the ex-aide, former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien, and another former official, Bridget Kelly, who was the governor's deputy chief of staff.

Schar told Judge Mary Jacobson the committee has a number of additional emails that appear to link Stepien and Kelly more closely to the scandal involving suggestions Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee last September to punish that town's mayor.

Neither has been accused of wrongdoing by investigators.

"It is a foregone conclusion, based on the type of communications that are going on, that, in fact, there are additional emails that are out there. And I'm not guessing judge. I know it because I've seen them," Schar said.

And it's those additional emails, which have not been released publicly, that Stepien's lawyer, Kevin Marino, asked to see on Wednesday.

"We demand production of the alleged 'additional documents' that Mr. Schar claimed, at yesterday's hearing, demonstrate that Mr. Stepien is 'central to' the committee's investigation," Marino wrote in a letter to Schar.

Marino also filed a request with the court that Schar produce the documents in five days.
Both Marino and Kelly's attorney have argued that turning over documents to the committee that are under subpoena would violate their constitutional right to remain silent.

State Assemblyman John Wisniewski and his investigative panel co-chair and fellow Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, said in a statement that they would review Marino's request.

But they would continue to urge Stepian "to do the right thing and comply with the subpoena and provide documents that could shed light on the abuse of government power and threat to public safety."

Documents already released publicly show that Kelly wrote a now infamous email to Port Authority executive David Wildstein saying: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

The release of her exchange with Wildstein and the disclosure of other documents in January elevated what had been a simmering Garden State saga into a scandal that has captured national attention and clouded Christie's 2016 presidential prospects.

Stepien's name also surfaced in emails around the scandal. He managed both successful gubernatorial campaigns for Christie, a Republican.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. same old same old

    So who cares about this nonsense anymore? I read the whole thing and there is NOTHING in there about Christie doing anything wrong. Where is the story here? How about reporting this Democrat witch hunt when there is actually something of meaning to report?

    March 12, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. salty dog

    They demand, ha, the waters getting a bit hot? This is just getting interesting . Let me guess, she's a victim, too funny, honesty just isn't her bag huh?

    March 12, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Thomas

    "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

    Where is Darrell Issa when we need him ?

    March 12, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."
    -------------------------------
    That email was produced, and traffic problems occurred in Ft. Lee. Bridget's emails aren't protected under the 5th Amendment. I just can't wait until the U.S. attorney takes over this cake. No immunity until someone rats.

    March 12, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Stepien's attorney has no right to demand anything of the state legislature. No charges have been filed against his client, so he has no right to discovery. It's an investigation, not a prosecution. Their documents are their own.

    I find this to be an absolutely amazing display of arrogance. The attorney is not attempting an illegal search and seizure, he's filed court papers asking a judge to allow him to do it. Sorry, pal, but the Freedom of Information Act just doesn't apply, yet.

    March 12, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. salty dog

    Demand all you desire, you get nothing, she knows what he's talking about, they want to know if they found out what she's been hiding, soon enough . I enjoy the twisting and squirming.

    March 12, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein

    I don't understand how revealing these documents would incriminate them. Does it reveal they cheated on taxes or an affair that could harm their integrity? If they were really looking to make sure that they were covered, they would have asked for immunity when they talked to the various investigative groups.

    March 12, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Fair is Fair
    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair

    Tell you what. Pick a topic. Any topic. Debate me. No? Coward
    ----------------------------------
    No. I will tell YOU what: I leave debating up to the TRUE debaters on this thread.
    People like Sniffit, Rudy NYC, The Real Tom Paine, rs, Mallory Archer et al. Folks that have the poltical background to carry a truthful conversation on this thread based on facts.
    I recognize that I come up very short to these types of people Fair, you should too.
    I have sat back and seen them mop the floor with you on a regular basis because your type of debate is based on suppositons, fallacies, and false equivalents with just enough truth to confuse the issue, and name calling if nothing else works.
    So no.
    I will continue to do what I do best with you: call you out with the truth whenever and wherever I can.
    Folks like you left unchecked can be dangerous if allowed to spread their fallacies, half-truths, and yes, self-created melodramatic nontroversies.
    I've said it before and I will say it again: Democrats (independents, liberals, moderates etc) should make it a habit to deal with so-called conservatives in government the way we deal with people like you on this site. It would certainly cutback on a lot of crap, fear, and misinformation amongst the general poplulace.
    Oh, and OUCH! (not) on the name-calling.
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    OUCH!!! She got there Fair. It's our duty as sane minded people to call out bs when we see it. You say Benghazi, we say 13 embassy attacks under Bush. You say look at the debt, we say look who ran it up from 2000-2008. You say Obamacare is a failure, we say 6,000,000 people enrolled. You say the President is weak and feckless, we say Osama, Khadafi & pirates. Proceed Fair!

    March 12, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    NJ bully...

    March 12, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. salty dog

    Witch hunt, again, too funny. The emails are real, having difficulties absorbing that, not surprised.

    March 12, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Fair:

    If you can't get a rise out of people one way, you go the hurt-filled route? I repeat: your comments to DM4O were uncalled for; and yet here you are continuing your rant against her?

    Justify it all you want ... but wrong is wrong.
    ------–
    What goes around, comes around. If you think I'm just going to stand by and be the recipient all the time, you're sadly mistaken.

    March 12, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    LOL! "We're not giving you anything and are here to fight against doing so in response to a valid subpoena....but you've gotta give us everything you have." Yeah, that's got "reciprocity" written all over it. These people aren't entitled to squat and should be ordered to comply with the subpoenas before any judge will even listen to them argue that they should be privy to materials acquired during an ongoing investigation.

    March 12, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "I read the whole thing and there is NOTHING in there about Christie doing anything wrong."

    There is no "whole thing" yet. That was the point of this hearing.

    March 12, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. just saying

    Thomas
    "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."
    -–
    Where is Darrell Issa when we need him ?
    -–

    busy investigating real scandals that affect every americans rights.... not traffic jams. millions will be wasted in the democrat witch hunt when they know christie is far too smart to get caught up in some third grade prank.

    March 12, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. bob

    Democrats cause cities in the USA to go broke,ex Chicago, Newark, Detroit how about the state of calif. One republican causes traffic jam. The republican makes all the news papers.
    This citizens of this country had better start to pay attention to poliics and get out and VOTE.

    March 12, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    This is a nit, but could CNN hire folks who can actually write?

    "And I'm not guessing judge."

    Should be:
    I'm not guessing, Judge."

    Sheesh! While you're hiring, find some real investigative reporters ...

    March 12, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @Fair is Fair to DM4O: "Tell you what. Pick a topic. Any topic. Debate me. No? Coward"

    There's no debate, Fair. Your statements are easily proved false by doing a quick Internet search.

    What I'm curious about is why you cling to beliefs that have been debunked by verifiable fact. Is it really that hard to admit you're wrong/have been duped/have been betrayed by your political brethren?

    March 12, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. just asking

    so where is the smoking gun implicating christie??? oh, there isn't one. democrats are really making themselves look like fools with this. christie fired the people responsible for this prank. he had nothing to do with it and you slimey fools know that yet continue to use this investigation to cast a bad light on him. a fine use of millions of ta xpayer dollars.

    March 12, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @just saying in response to 'Where is Darrell Issa when we need him ?

    busy investigating real scandals that affect every americans rights.... not traffic jams.

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    None of Issa's investigations have produced anything except a way to keep the low-information gop/tea bag voter hot 'n' bothered and writing contribution checks. They have been a huge waste of time and resources – kinda like Issa and the gop/tea bags in general.

    March 12, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Chris-E...al

    Chris C. Is'nt going to be prez folks we gota a secret weapon he's just a decoy geeeez .please !

    March 12, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @Fair is Fair to DM4O: "Tell you what. Pick a topic. Any topic. Debate me. No? Coward"

    There's no debate, Fair. Your statements are easily proved false by doing a quick Internet search.

    What I'm curious about is why you cling to beliefs that have been debunked by verifiable fact. Is it really that hard to admit you're wrong/have been duped/have been betrayed by your political brethren?
    ------–
    Ummmmm... yeah. That must be it. Tell you what. I'll issue YOU the same challenge. Put your credentials where your mouth is.

    March 12, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |