Christie spokesman to testify before investigative panel
May 13th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
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Christie spokesman to testify before investigative panel

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s chief spokesman is due to testify on Tuesday before a legislative committee investigating a political scandal that has upended the Republican’s administration.

Michael Drewniak, who is appearing under subpoena, has kept a low profile since the scandal around traffic jams last September at the foot of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee broke.

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An area of interest for investigators are exchanges Drewniak had with a key figure in the scandal, David Wildstein, last December shortly before Wildstein left his position at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Emails made public earlier this year show that the two, over a period of weeks, coordinated a response to media inquiries to the gridlock caused by closures of access lanes to the bridge over several days. The Port Authority oversees bridge operations.

Officials initially blamed the road mess on a traffic study. But investigators want to know whether Wildstein, and possibly others, abused their authority by closing down the lanes to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, who did not endorse Christie for reelection.

Drewniak has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Christie has repeatedly denied knowing about the traffic mess until after it occurred. But the scandal has called into question his forceful governing style and clouded a potential presidential candidacy in 2016.

The U.S. Attorney’s office is also investigating the lane closures and has empaneled a grand jury.


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  1. Gurgyl

    --before this some of the Tests these specialists in medicine, ex, cath etc are un-necessary and fraud, watch these Doctors and cancel their licenses if found fraud, greed.

    May 13, 2014 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. smith

    If there is a smoking gun email or recording that proves Christie did this act to punish the Mayor then lets see it.

    May 13, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. tom l

    This committee has 5 dems and 3 repubs = good and just getting to the truth (and so far there has been no evidence linking Christie to anything)
    The committee for Benghazi has 7 repubs and 5 dems = bad and a witch hunt (even though there is a lot of evidence of a cover up)

    May 13, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
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    The joint legislative committee conducting the investigation is composed of 5 Democrats and 3 Republicans. If those numbers seem unbalanced and unjust to you, then be aware that they conform to New Jersey law. Originally, the NJ state senate and the state legislature had begun separate investigations. This meant that at least two sets of subpoenas would have been going to individuals, most likely asking for nearly identical information, which could lead to possible delays.

    So, a joint committee was formed between the two chambers. Democrats hold the majority in both chambers. Committees that are formed in either chamber contain an equal number of representatives from both parties, plus a committee chairman from the majority party. I forget which chamber sent how many, but the break down is pretty simple.

    One chamber formed a sub-committee consisting of 3 people, and the other formed a sub-committee of 5 people. Each group contains an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, plus a Democratic chairman.

    May 13, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. bill

    Geitner-obama's sec of the treasury-has said that the WH wanted him to lie--YOU CAN KEEP.....IT WAS A VIDEO...... THE ECONOMY IS.......... NIXON LIED TO COVER UP WATERGATE AND WAS TAKEN OUT OF OFFICE-–this WH lies about their lies.

    May 13, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    This committee has 5 dems and 3 repubs = good and just getting to the truth (and so far there has been no evidence linking Christie to anything)
    The committee for Benghazi has 7 repubs and 5 dems = bad and a witch hunt (even though there is a lot of evidence of a cover up)
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    "Hodor. Hodor."

    FIFY

    May 13, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The U.S. Attorney’s office is also investigating the lane closures and has empaneled a grand jury..."

    No problem. I can until the U.S. Attorney's investigation is completed.

    May 13, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    bill

    Geitner-obama's sec of the treasury-has said that the WH wanted him to lie–YOU CAN KEEP.....IT WAS A VIDEO...... THE ECONOMY IS.......... NIXON LIED TO COVER UP WATERGATE AND WAS TAKEN OUT OF OFFICE-–this WH lies about their lies.
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    You're forgetting the fact that Watergate was an illegal break-in and burglary, which Nixon had ordered. You're also operating under the assumption that people have lied, which they haven't. I think Republicans have told more than their share of lies about the Affordable Care Act, beginning with death panels. I think the best lie is the one about once you sign up and go for a check-up, then they inject a micro-chip inside of you to control you and to keep track of your movements and whereabouts.

    May 13, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "The U.S. Attorney’s office is also investigating the lane closures and has empaneled a grand jury..."

    No problem. I can until the U.S. Attorney's investigation is completed
    -------------------------------------------------
    When are they going to put the good Gov on the hot seat?
    Did I miss that?
    Anywhoo..I am keeping up with you and the rest of the gang. Doing more reading than posting as the braintrusts (the word starts with a "b" but cnn won't post it!) here at work sawfit to promote me, thereby severely cutting into my blogging time.
    Miss you all, keep up the good fight my sister-friend!!

    May 13, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pardon repetitiveness.
    I don't have time to check and see what's getting or not getting posted.

    May 13, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama:

    The mod's have been good to us lately. Indeed, I had the nicest conversation with Wake Up last week. Almost like old times.

    May 13, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Tom l

    That changes nothing. It is still umbalanced and all I heard last week from several members of the gang was that the Benghazi panel was tainted due solely to the imbalance. Now you're trying to twist and somehow validate those complaints. Still, this panel, which has been accused of not allowing repubs their fair say, is totally fine with you. Can't you for once acknowledge a totally legitimate point without putting your Rudy spin? Oh, also, can you name me one thing dems have done wrong and one thing repubs have done right?

    May 13, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Rudy:

    "I think the best lie is the one about once you sign up and go for a check-up, then they inject a micro-chip inside of you to control you and to keep track of your movements and whereabouts."

    Uh-oh, Rudy. I have to admit I have a few extended family members who would by into that without a question. These are the same folks who think that they are being monitored through their television sets.

    Ah, yes. The stories I could share.

    May 13, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up! and Lynda
    Thank you my sisters!....See you when I read ya'!

    May 13, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Tom l

    That changes nothing. It is still umbalanced and all I heard last week from several members of the gang was that the Benghazi panel was tainted due solely to the imbalance. Now you're trying to twist and somehow validate those complaints. Still, this panel, which has been accused of not allowing repubs their fair say, is totally fine with you. Can't you for once acknowledge a totally legitimate point without putting your Rudy spin? Oh, also, can you name me one thing dems have done wrong and one thing repubs have done right?
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    Spin? You, sir, are factually challenged. I posted the facts as to how the NJ joint committee was formed. The NJ Republicans are not lodging complaints about lack of representation or participation. The only Republican complaining and making an issue out of it is you, and you alone. You need to stop trying to manufacture arguments that you think you can win. If you stick to the facts, NOT OPINIONS, then you might be able to get your point across.

    May 13, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Can anyone tell me how many investigations Issa has conducted on the Bridge scandal? And how many on Benghazi?? Apples to oranges. There have been several Congressional investigations into Benghazi that have found nothing but we know we know, Obama and Hillary are covering up the cover up.
    Still looking for elephants in the strawberry patch.....😌
    FIFY

    May 13, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda:
    Copy that. All of it.Thanks again my friend.
    Did I miss something major....like Christie being deposed?
    Why is he not being told to "have a seat"?

    May 13, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Chris-E...al

    Dems are just bored in that concrete jungle and have nothing better to do with the time this will pass away like the dem party has already 6 years under .?

    May 13, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota wrote:

    "I think the best lie is the one about once you sign up and go for a check-up, then they inject a micro-chip inside of you to control you and to keep track of your movements and whereabouts."

    Uh-oh, Rudy. I have to admit I have a few extended family members who would by into that without a question. These are the same folks who think that they are being monitored through their television sets.

    Ah, yes. The stories I could share.
    ----------------------------------------------
    I know folks like that, too. Where do you think I got it from? I have come to realize that I never really understood what "blinded with hatred" meant until Barack "Who's Sane" Obama was elected POTUS. Some of these folks would cut their own noses off if it would get Pres. Obama out of the White House.

    May 13, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. nick

    Well this is why we do not need to get to the bottom of Benghazi and the web of lies that a movie nobody ever heard before on Youtube, and Hillary mysterious fall before her testimony. But this = this Bridgegate this is earth shattering news- a lane closure and traffic on the GW bridge- OMG stop the presses. Simply fascinating- one trying to prove the Dem candidate for 2016 is not worthy (clinton) and the GOP (Christie) trying to be knocked down. What a country-

    May 13, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Tom L wrote:

    ".... Can't you for once acknowledge a totally legitimate point without putting your Rudy spin? Oh, also, can you name me one thing dems have done wrong and one thing repubs have done right? ... ..."
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    Do you actually think that my post was a response to the one above it? If so, then you're really living in a bubble. Haven't you ever heard of "cross posting"? Haven't you been making that same ridiculous complaint about the NJ legislature for the better part of a week now? Do you actually think that when no one responds to your manufactured straw men, that you've gotten you point across? If so, then you're really living in a bubble, out of touch with reality.

    May 13, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Tom l

    That changes nothing. It is still umbalanced and all I heard last week from several members of the gang was that the Benghazi panel was tainted due solely to the imbalance. Now you're trying to twist and somehow validate those complaints. Still, this panel, which has been accused of not allowing repubs their fair say, is totally fine with you. Can't you for once acknowledge a totally legitimate point without putting your Rudy spin? Oh, also, can you name me one thing dems have done wrong and one thing repubs have done right?
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    Republicans = twisted and evil. Democrats = good and righteous.

    Here, anyway. You don't bite the hand that feeds you, it seems.

    May 13, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Tom l

    That changes nothing. It is still umbalanced and all I heard last week from several members of the gang was that the Benghazi panel was tainted due solely to the imbalance. Now you're trying to twist and somehow validate those complaints. Still, this panel, which has been accused of not allowing repubs their fair say, is totally fine with you. Can't you for once acknowledge a totally legitimate point without putting your Rudy spin? Oh, also, can you name me one thing dems have done wrong and one thing repubs have done right?
    ---
    Republicans = twisted and evil. Democrats = good and righteous.

    Here, anyway. You don't bite the hand that feeds you, it seems.
    =============================================================
    Tom is factually challenged. He likes to manufacture other people's arguments. My post had nothing to do with Benghazi, and I made no remarks about the latest special Benghazi committee being formed in the House.

    NJ Republicans not complaining about not being able to speak. They're just calling it a witch hunt now, after the release of the EXPENSIVE, investigative report by Gov. Christie that seemingly cleared him of any wrongdoing.

    If Tom wants satisfaction, then I suggest he start listening to old Rolling Stones songs.

    May 13, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. just asking

    a political scandal that has upended the Republican’s administration.
    -–

    geez cnn... 'upended'??? talk about hyperbole. how about just reporting facts and leave the baloney out? so far there is nothing, zero, nada, that says christie knew about or was involved in this third grade prank. but that sure won't prevent the nj democrats from wasting tens of millions of nj taxpayer money smearing him.

    May 13, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I think the best lie is the one about once you sign up and go for a check-up, then they inject a micro-chip inside of you to control you and to keep track of your movements and whereabouts.
    -------------------------------------------------
    In the spirit of complete disclosure Rudy, the micro-chips are a back-up in case the speed cameras fail.....

    May 13, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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