Friday, September 23, 2016

Bridgegate: NJ Dems may move to subpoena Gov. Christie

Bridget Anne Kelly, a former aide to NJ Gov. Chris Christie 

Dormant for months in deference to the federal investigation into Bridgegate, the Legislature's Joint Select Committee on Investigations may be reconvened in order to get answers directly from Gov. Chris Christie about what the governor knew and when he knew it.
Claude Brodesser-Akner reports for the Star-Ledger:

Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) said Thursday he wanted to ask Christie under oath about when he was actually informed about George Washington Bridge lane closures federal prosecutors say were made to clog traffic in Fort Lee and punish its mayor for not endorsing the governor's re-election. 
"I'd want to ask him that question: 'Did you know?'" said Wisniewski, who'd served as the co-chair of the joint investigations committee.
Wisniewski and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), the panel's co-chair, said they have conferred about introducing a resolution to re-activate the investigative committee. Weinberg said Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) told her they were inclined to allow that. 
Wisniewski said "we're strongly leaning towards" introducing the resolution to bring back the panel.
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Weinberg said "probably well more than half" of New Jersey residents would want to ask Christie, under oath, "when he found out about the lane closures." 
On Monday, federal prosecutors disclosed that David Wildstein, a former Port Authority employee who pled guilty to federal charges last year, would testify that Christie was informed of the move to cut off access lanes to the bridge while traffic was still snarled in Fort Lee.
"We are going to find out through this trial about many incidents, texts, emails that were never responsive to the subpoenas we issued," said Weinberg. "And I'd like to go back as we find out about these things, and think that we should take a look at them, cumulatively."
In August, federal court filings showed that Christina Renna, a former director of the governor's now-defunct office of intergovernmental affairs, sent text messages to Peter Sheridan, the New Jersey Republican Party's deputy executive director, during Christie's Dec. 13, 2013, press conference about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.
In the texts, Renna claimed the governor "flat out lied" about his senior staff and campaign manager Bill Stepien not having knowledge of the lane closures. Christie has steadfastly said he did not know of the plot and has disputed what was said in Renna's texts.

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