Gov Chris Christie
A winter medley of snow, ice and freezing rain has knocked out power to thousands of customers, caused massive delays on mass transit and made driving dangerous for commuters in New Jersey.
Gov. Christie says he began asking about the traffic jams in Fort Lee last year soon after he heard they were a source of contention.
The governor touted a second round of federal funding to the tune of $1.46 billion to help Sandy victims. Christie promised nearly half of the money would go towards housing.
The National Weather Service says much of the state is in line for 4 to 8 inches of snow falling throughout the day Monday. The highest amounts are expected to be across the middle of the state with less in the northernmost and southernmost counties.
The governor has maintained that he knew nothing of the lane closures until a state legislative panel began investigating.
Many believe New Jersey’s sprawling highway system, proximity to New York City and diverse population make it an attractive base of operations for traffickers.
The Assembly and Senate plan to vote Monday to establish the joint bipartisan committee with power to subpoena people and correspondence related to the lane closings and abuse of power allegations.
Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said the agency informed David Wildstein on Friday that covering his legal expenses was “not warranted” under the authority’s bylaws.
The subpoenas will force Christie’s political arm to turn over such things as: emails, texts, phone messages, and records dealing with the decision to close access lanes from Fort Lee to the bridge in September – if they indeed exist.
Two recent polls show a traffic jam scandal taking a toll on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s popularity and national political ambitions.
More than 1,500 flights were canceled, many students were sent home early, and the roads were a miserable mess through the night Tuesday as the Tri-State area was pounded with a brutal blast of heavy snow and bitter cold.
New Jersey lawmakers have merged the committees investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures.
Christie took the oath of office for a second time just before noon in Trenton Tuesday.
Democratic Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she met for several hours with representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and turned over her journal and other materials.
Occupy Sandy members claim there are inequalities in the funding distribution based on economic and racial lines.