FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two key figures in a political payback scandal ensnaring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration are refusing, for a second time, to turn over documents to investigators.
Lawyers for former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien and fired aide Bridget Kelly say in letters to lawmakers that their clients will not cooperate.
Legislators investigating the blocking of traffic lanes near the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge had given the pair until Tuesday to turn over documents after they both originally refused to do so.
Christie has denied knowledge of any plot.
A copy of the letter by Stepien lawyer Kevin Marino was obtained by The Associated Press. The Record newspaper reports that a letter refusing to turn over documents was also sent by Kelly lawyer Michael Critchley.
Meanwhile, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich refused a request to be interviewed by a lawyer representing Christie.
Documents show that Kelly gave the go-ahead to shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, creating four days of traffic gridlock, possibly as a political vendetta against Sokolich for not endorsing Christie for re-election.
Sokolich also was asked to provide documents. The Bergen County Record reported that Sokolich sent a letter back to attorney Randy Mastro on Monday declining the request.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer declined a similar request last week. She has claimed the Christie administration tried to strong-arm her into supporting a real estate development by threatening to withhold superstorm Sandy funds.
The letter by Christie’s lawyer also asked Zimmer for documents and an interview “to further our mandate from the governor’s office to facilitate cooperation with the U.S. attorney’s investigation and complete an internal review.”
In denying the request, Zimmer wrote, “We question whether it is appropriate for the governor’s office in essence to be investigating itself.”
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- Clinton Campaign Receives Envelope With Powdery Substance
- Driver Charged After Bus Drags Woman For Several Blocks Through Lower Manhattan
- 10/22 CBS2 Saturday Morning Weather Headlines
- Hot Holiday Gifts Already In High Demand
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)