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Gov. Chris Christie on Friday defended a report by taxpayer-funded lawyers who cleared him of any involvement in closing lanes near the George Washington Bridge for political reasons, saying it “will stand the test of time.”
The report finds former Port Authority official David Wildstein and ex-Christie aide Bridget Kelly were behind the closures.
Assemblyman John Wisniewski said the lack of cooperation from ex-aides Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien raises questions about the thoroughness of the report due out soon.
The issue before a state court judge in Trenton is whether the lawmakers can force Kelly and Stepien to comply with subpoenas in the investigation of politically motivated traffic jams created near the George Washington Bridge last year.
The work will include replacing the 82-year-old bridge’s 592 suspender ropes and rehabilitating all of the span’s main cables. New technology will warn engineers of potential structural problems.
Samson, who has been at the center of several controversies in recent months over potential conflicts of interest involving his powerful law firm, recused himself from a vote.
Gov. Chris Christie stood by as the protesters – some shouting “New Jersey deserves better” – were escorted out by police.
Newly released emails involving a political payback plot orchestrated by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s aides show the governor’s campaign manager was kept informed of complaints over September’s lane closures at the George Washington Bridge even while lanes remained blocked.
A lawyer for a key figure in a political payback scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is turning the tables by demanding that investigators submit emails to him.
Lawyers for fired Christie staffer Bridget Kelly and two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien argued Tuesday that complying with the subpoenas carries the risk of self-incrimination.
A series of votes taken by David Samson as a Port Authority commissioner have raised ethical questions because they appear to benefit clients of his private law firm.
They say handing over personal emails, text messages and planning calendars would be like testifying against themselves.
State officials said that the December problems were not a direct result of the ramp closure but of regional situations like a snow storm and diverted traffic due to problems at the George Washington Bridge.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in Maryland Thursday, returning to the national stage for the first time since the “Bridgegate” scandal, and touting his conservative credentials to a powerful Republican group.
The Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Wednesday finds more New Jersey residents disapprove of the way Gov. Chris Christie has handled recovery from Sandy.