TRENTON – State lawmakers are prepared to issue a fresh round of more than a dozen subpoenas in the ongoing investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy, according to officials.
Members of the joint legislative committee investigating the so-called Bridgegate controversy announced after a more than two-hour-long closed meeting that a new round of subpoenas will be issued sometime either today or early Tuesday.
Lawmakers declined to provide details.
“We’re certainly not going to announce the service of process today,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski, co-chairman of the joint investigatory committee.
The announcement was made after lawmakers serving on the committee spent more than two hours behind closed doors discussing the investigation.
Wisniewski said lawmakers had yet to sign the subpoenas and he was doubtful they would be issued before the end of the day.
Last month, the committee subpoenaed 20 people and organizations. The list included Christie’s chief of staff and pick to serve as the state’s Attorney General, Kevin O’Dowd, and the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson.
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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi- The Daily Beast
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