Feds subpoena legislative panel investigating N.J. bridge scandal
April 25th, 2014
03:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Feds subpoena legislative panel investigating N.J. bridge scandal

(CNN) – Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed documents and other information from the state legislative committee investigating the political scandal roiling the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The development represents a notable escalation in the overall probe of whether top Christie appointees abused their authority in orchestrating traffic jams at the foot of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee to punish that town’s mayor politically.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman subpoenaed the Select Committee on Investigation for all documents related to the matter, which involved closing access lanes to the bridge for several days last September.

The Christie administration initially blamed the gridlock on a traffic study, a claim that has since come under scrutiny. Christie, himself, says he knew nothing about the traffic jams until after the fact.

Co-chairs of the Democratic-led committee confirmed that they received the subpoena, according to a statement.

“We will comply fully with the request,” the statement said. “This reaffirms our progress in uncovering important information about the apparent abuse of government power and threat to public safety. Our committee will continue to cooperate with the federal authorities as we pursue the investigation."

The U.S. Attorney’s office would not comment.

A grand jury in Newark has also been hearing testimony in the case.

The legislative committee has amassed thousands of documents through its own subpoenas, including emails and text messages sent between key figures in the controversy.

It also has hundreds of pages of memos containing information from 75 interviews conducted as part of a review of the case by lawyers hired by Christie’s office. That review cleared Christie of any wrongdoing, but critics question whether the examination was thorough.

Earlier this week, the legislative panel issued subpoenas for testimony in the case. Those served include Christie’s chief spokesman, a former member of the governor’s administration, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the nation’s busiest bridge, and another agency official. They were asked to appear on May 6 and May13.

In addition to the bridge controversy, the U.S. Attorney is also investigating allegations that members of Christie’s administration held Superstorm Sandy recovery funds hostage in Hoboken in exchange for the mayor’s support of a redevelopment project backed by the governor.

Christie administration officials deny the accusation.

Fishman’s investigation is expected to take several months, if not longer, before any conclusions are reached.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Christie, himself, says he knew nothing about the traffic jams until after the fact.
    You are responsible for those under your command , unless your Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani .

    April 25, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Here comes Posse Comatose to Krispy's aid. Krispy/Cliven 2016.

    April 25, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. TONE

    Christy is becoming more and more crispy.

    April 25, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Reggie53

    Holder and Obama need to be investigated before anyone else is ever investigated. They have a lot to hide. Why is this not happening? I do not trust either one of them.

    April 25, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. O'drama ya Mama

    Lets say he really know nothing. Do we elect a man who doesnt know what his closest advisers are up to? Can we trust that a President Christie wouldnt hire more spiteful bullies with the entire U.S. in their hands? Hes either guilty or incompetent. We dont need either.

    April 25, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Reggie – Your post wins the funniest of the day award. For the record, I do not trust Fox, the Kochs, Adelson, Hannity, Limbaugh, Cliven Bundy, or any elected republican. They should be held accountable for their anti American rants.

    April 25, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Barry Marson

    Crispy, your bake time is coming closer than you know it.

    April 25, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    Reggie53

    Holder and Obama need to be investigated before anyone else is ever investigated. They have a lot to hide. Why is this not happening? I do not trust either one of them.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except the car thief and crew have thrown but the kitchen sink at them and overturned every single rock they could find, yet they managed to find NO evidence of wrongdoing by either. Are you implying perhaps, that car thief and crew are incompetent?

    April 25, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    Reggie – Your post wins the funniest of the day award. For the record, I do not trust Fox, the Kochs, Adelson, Hannity, Limbaugh, Cliven Bundy, or any elected republican. They should be held accountable for their anti American rants.
    -----------------------------–
    You should name it. I hereby suggest "The Cliven Bundy Hypocrisy Award." The man claims that he does not recognize the U.S. government, yet he calls himself a patriot while standing underneath an American flag.

    April 25, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    -kindly investigate in NC idiot too for polluting rivers.

    April 25, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Rudy – Brilliant! Today's Cliven Bundy Hypocrisy Award goes to Reggie, although Cry Baby, Chris, Patrick, 2-Indy, and TomL gave him a run for the money.

    April 25, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. just asking

    now that the cover on the irs being used to target political opponents, the justice dept. will now be used to accomplish the same thing. actually, lois lerner was already colluding with the justice dept. to do that very thing.

    April 25, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    -do these guys know Republican part will be Extinct and replaced with some populist party. Well, I don't doubt the way
    These idiots talk no sense at all–be it Peeyush, Rand, Rick Perry, Jeb, sanitarium or Newt, or John. Talk silly, stupid.

    April 25, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    Tampa Tim

    Reggie – Your post wins the funniest of the day award. For the record, I do not trust Fox, the Kochs, Adelson, Hannity, Limbaugh, Cliven Bundy, or any elected republican. They should be held accountable for their anti American rants.
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    You should name it. I hereby suggest "The Cliven Bundy Hypocrisy Award." The man claims that he does not recognize the U.S. government, yet he calls himself a patriot while standing underneath an American flag.
    -------
    ....and a correct color federal moocher as opposed to the incorrect color federal moocher.
    Nice idea BTW.

    April 25, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Chris-E...al

    If Christie did it or knew anything about it i think he's man enough to stand up and tell you so . Have you not noticed he dont talk bs like dems do every min every hour ? Thats why you all cant relate to him or understand him hes truthful . Get some class .

    April 25, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Ol' Yeller

    @Chris-E...al

    "If Christie did it or knew anything about it i think he's man enough to stand up and tell you so . Have you not noticed he dont talk bs like dems do every min every hour ? Thats why you all cant relate to him or understand him hes truthful . Get some class ."

    If Christie did it or knew anything about it there is no doubt whatsoever he would find a scapegoat, or two, or five... . Have you not noticed he talks bs every min every hour ? Thats why I can relate to him and understand him,,, hes untruthful . I flunked every class .

    FIFY

    April 25, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |