(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.
(CNN) – If Gov. Chris Christie’s administration had come to him beforehand and told him of the plan to close down access lanes at the George Washington Bridge last September he claims he would have stopped them.
“I knew nothing about it, had nothing to do with it, and if anybody had ever come to me and told me they were going to do this I would have stopped it,” the governor said at his 120th town hall meeting in Brick, New Jersey on Thursday.
(CNN) – A special New Jersey state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal that has upended Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has issued its first subpoenas for oral testimony.
The panel said it had served Pat Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, agency board member William Schuber, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak and Christina Renna, who worked under Christie’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, a key figure in the scandal.
New York (CNN) - Another New Jersey representative on the board of commissioners at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is stepping aside, according to several sources with knowledge of the commissioner's plan to hand in his resignation.
Commissioner Anthony Sartor was appointed to his position in 1999 by then-Republican New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman. He continued to serve at the pleasure of several governors including Chris Christie. Sartor is expected to resign soon.
(CNN) - The state legislative committee investigating the role members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration played in closing down lanes to the George Washington Bridge will continue its work despite being dealt a blow by a local judge.
“We’re going to continue to look at bringing people in for testimony and we’ll continue to work on obtaining other documents,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewksi, the Democratic co-chair of the Select Committee on Investigation, said on Thursday.
The U.S. Attorney in New Jersey could be meeting with a new witness soon as part of the investigation into allegations that members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration held Superstorm Sandy recovery funds hostage in Hoboken.
The Hoboken city council voted Wednesday night to approve a measure that would allow Mayor Dawn Zimmer to waive attorney-client privileges, paving the way for a city attorney to comply with a subpoena for documents from the U.S. Attorney's office.
Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) - Another top ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has resigned amid a political scandal that has roiled the Republican's administration and clouded his potential presidential prospects.
Christie announced at a news conference Friday that David Samson, who chairs the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, stepped down earlier in the day, effective immediately.
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(CNN) - A top appointee of Chris Christie apparently told another official that he informed the New Jersey governor about the now-infamous traffic tie ups near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee last year as they were occurring, according to a review of the matter by outside lawyers hired by the governor's office.
But details of the internal investigation released on Thursday said Christie "does not recall" any conversation with David Wildstein, then an executive of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, at a public event last September, and it all wouldn't have "registered" anyway because the governor "knew nothing about this decision in advance."
(CNN) - The law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office to conduct an investigation into the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge will release the results of the internal review Thursday morning.
After spending nearly three months looking into who orchestrated the lane closures and why, a team of lawyers led by Randy Mastro - a member of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration - is expected to clear the governor of any wrongdoing. The report concludes that there is no evidence linking Christie to “plotting or directing” the traffic jams that are at the center of a political scandal roiling his administration, the New York Times reported on Monday.
(CNN) - Attorneys hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office have found no evidence linking him to “plotting or directing” traffic jams at the foot of the George Washington Bridge that are at the center of a political scandal roiling his administration, the New York Times reported.
A state legislative investigative committee and the U.S. Attorney’s office are looking into whether the tie-ups in Fort Lee were set in motion deliberately by top Christie appointees to punish that town’s Democratic mayor for not endorsing the Republican’s reelection.