Updated - 8:01 p. m. 2/28/2014
(CNN) – A member of the New Jersey legislative committee investigating the administration of Chris Christie stepped down from the panel on Friday after drawing Republican ire for calling on the governor to resign.
Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, who told Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto that she would step aside from the probe to focus on legislation and other causes, minced no words when it came to the political scandal over traffic jams in Fort Lee last year that is roiling Christie's administration.
"As we all learn more – particularly with the most recent public release of information surrounding the George Washington Bridge lane closings – about the bully environment and brazen callousness and disrespect this administration has shown toward the people of our state, I have become even more disgusted. In fact, I find it disturbing," she said in a statement.
Updated 1:53 p.m. ET, 2/28/2014
(CNN) – Officials in Fort Lee, New Jersey released 911 audio Friday from September when two out of three access lanes were closed to the George Washington Bridge, ultimately causing massive traffic gridlock across the city for four days in a controversy that has roiled the Christie administration.
The 26 hours of emergency dispatch audio opens a window into the agitation experienced by motorists that week and whether the traffic jam, which was allegedly orchestrated by top former appointees of Gov. Chris Christie, led to harm or death due to delayed emergency response time from the unusually high congestion.
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."
Updated 9:20 p.m. ET, 2/27/2014
(CNN) - Two figures at the center of a New Jersey political scandal joked about creating traffic jams outside the home of a local rabbi, according to newly released documents that raised more questions about the controversy roiling the administration of Gov. Chris Christie.
David Wildstein, at the time a top executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, sent Bridget Anne Kelley, then a top aide to Christie, a photo in a text message last August that included the rabbi, Mendy Carlebach, saying "he has officially pissed me off."
Updated 9:09 p.m. ET, 2/26/2014
Long Hill, New Jersey (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Wednesday that he will "not give into the hysteria" surrounding specific questions about a political scandal roiling his administration and will not let the uproar distract him from his "real job."
In his most extensive comments in weeks about the issue, Christie bristled at questions about his handling of the matter last year regarding staff members and other allies caught up in the controversy now under investigation by a state legislative committee and the U.S. Attorney.
He also noted New Jerseyans that he's met at recent town hall events, including one on Wednesday in Long Hill, don't appear interested in it.
(CNN) - More Republicans say they wouldn't like Chris Christie to run for president in 2016 than those who say want the GOP governor from New Jersey to launch a White House bid, according to a new national poll.
And the survey, from CBS News and the New York Times, also indicates that while Democrats overwhelming say they want former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run again, they are divided on whether they'd like to see Vice President Joe Biden launch another presidential campaign.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will take his message of fiscal conservatism and government reform to his second town hall event in the past week on Wednesday.
Christie especially likes being face-to-face with voters and he's sticking to that practice as his administration reels from a political scandal that has questioned his forceful governing style and clouded any prospects for a possible 2016 presidential bid.
Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie pledged to make New Jersey's largest payment ever to the state's pension plan as he presented his budget for fiscal year 2015 at the state house Tuesday afternoon.
With a hoarse voice, Christie said, "Today, I present to you a budget that is balanced, and, for the fifth year in a row, requires no new taxes on the people of New Jersey."
(CNN) - The Democratic co-chairman of a legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal has reviewed subpoenaed documents, and has concerns about the role of a top appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the agency overseeing the bridge.
Assemblyman John Wisniewski told CNN that David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is "deeply involved" in its operations.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating is continuing to take a hit, more than a month after the George Washington Bridge controversy made national headlines, according to a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Monday.
While the Republican’s approval ratings were sky-high last year during his re-election campaign, only 49% of the state’s registered voters approve of the job he’s doing now, down from 58% in January and from 70% a year ago.