Deadline set for documents from law firm that conducted internal review of N.J. bridge scandal
April 8th, 2014
07:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Deadline set for documents from law firm that conducted internal review of N.J. bridge scandal

Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) – A New Jersey state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal has set a deadline of Friday for the law firm that conducted an internal probe of the matter to hand over all of its documents.

The firm hired by Gov. Chris Christie's administration - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher –released a report in late March that cleared him of any wrongdoing.

So far, the firm has been cooperating in turning over documents, legislators said.

But if all the committee’s requests aren’t met by Friday, it will move forward with a subpoena.

"We want to give them an opportunity to comply but we do have a limit," said John Wisniewski, Democratic co-chair of the special legislative panel. "The deadline is at the end of this week."

The committee is investigating suggestions that top Christie appointees and allies orchestrated traffic tie-ups near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee last September.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Newark is also investigating the matter, which involved sudden closures of access lanes to the nation's busiest bridge over several days.

Prosecutors and state legislators are looking at whether the gridlock was politically motivated.

Wisniewksi said his committee and the U.S. Attorney’s office have been communicating, and the legislators are “not interfering with their investigation."

"The end product of what we seek to do is different from the end product of what the U.S. Attorney's office is seeking to do,” he said, adding the committee wants to look at a reform package while federal officials are looking at potential criminality.

A poll released Tuesday indicated Christie's declining ratings are starting to stabilize after a double-digit drop since the beginning of the year. But 49% of voters surveyed say they don't believe Christie is telling the truth when he says he was unaware of the traffic incident until after the fact.

“Christie appears to have stemmed the decline in his personal and job performance ratings, following their precipitous drop with Bridgegate, but he is not out of the woods yet,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Almost seven in 10 voters say they consider the developing investigations a serious matter.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Chris-E...al

    Who in the world thinks C. Christie would take the time to play such games . He knows better this whole ideal is just to far off the realm of even distant reality . This whole investigation is insane . .

    April 8, 2014 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    NC guy will be in the same fate if dug for polluting rivers. Dig this idiot too to that level, put him in jail.

    April 8, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. just saying

    "The end product of what we seek to do is different from the end product of what the U.S. Attorney's office is seeking to do,” he said, adding the committee wants to look at a reform package while federal officials are looking at potential criminality.
    --

    'refrom package'??? bwahahahahahaha!!! is that what they call this politically motivated witch hunt that is costing tens of millions of tax payer dollars? all they are interested is in smearing christie with baseless accusations and innuendo. it is all they have and they know it.

    anybody that thinks that a high profile presidential hopeful would engage in a third grade prank has a few screws loose and a few marbles missing.

    April 8, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    This makes me think that Christie (or his allies) isn't fully disclosing everything that should have been said in the first place.

    April 8, 2014 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. What's in that Tea Anyway?

    Well done CNN, back to back to back articles about GOP presidential hopefuls, Sanitorium, the Huckster, and Gov Shutdown. This is sure to boost the appeal of the party to the national electorate – NOT

    April 9, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  6. Thomas

    Christie's declining ratings are starting to stabilize after a double-digit drop since the beginning of the year.

    He's done , it's over , when Ann Coulter says it , it's real .

    April 9, 2014 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  7. lee young

    The Gov. is going to jail.

    April 9, 2014 05:50 am at 5:50 am |