N.J. Assembly to release documents in bridge scandal investigation
George Washington Bridge between New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey on December 17, 2013.
January 9th, 2014
08:07 PM ET
9 years ago

N.J. Assembly to release documents in bridge scandal investigation

(CNN) - The New Jersey State Assembly committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal will release on Friday hundreds of pages of documents collected as part of its investigation, a spokesman for the committee said Thursday.

The committee spokesman confirmed that 907 pages of documents collected in response to the subpoena of former state official David Wildstein, an ally of Gov. Chris Christie, are expected to be posted online sometime mid-morning on Friday.

Wildstein, the former director of interstate capital projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was charged with contempt Thursday by the New Jersey State Assembly for refusing to answer questions over the scandal.

Wildstein repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during an appearance before the panel tasked with investigating the bridge access lane closings. Earlier Thursday, a judge compelled Wildstein to appear before the committee in response to its subpoena.

Emails released Wednesday appear to reveal an exchange between Wildstein and a senior aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in which the two decided to close portions of the bridge for political retribution. Due to the threat of criminal investigation, Wildstein's lawyer Alan Zegas recommended that his client remain silent.

Wildstein left his Port Authority position in December.

CNN's Adam Aigner-Treworgy, John King and Shimon Prokupecz contributed to this report.

Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. jimbeau11

    Sounds like Christie might have not come totally clean...

    January 9, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. will

    with this swiftness and thoroughness, this panel should have been on the Benghazi assignment!!!!

    January 9, 2014 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    At least seven million people in the immediate area look up to these leaders and are affected by their actions. When you see and hear of common citizens acting irrational and criminal it is because they see their leaders do it and learn from it. Our only hope lies with Judges and the courts.

    January 9, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Ok Ok , both of Gov. Chris Christie right and left hand's closed down the bridge to intimidate a rival , and the Boss Didn't know what was going on ?

    Can't wait to see who this guy would appoint attorney general ?

    January 9, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    For decades, I have listened to the gloom and doomers from the GOP make predictions that are so stupid, they have never come true. I would now like to predict that not only will Krispy never become president, he will end up advertising for reverse mortgages for groups who take advantage of seniors.

    January 9, 2014 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. sifto

    if only CNN would scrutinize Obama and the Clintons with the obsession that they have with A NJ Governor.....

    January 10, 2014 07:20 am at 7:20 am |