Judge rules against Select Committee on Investigations in Stepien/Kelly case
By Max Pizarro | April 9th, 2014 - 4:10pm
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A judge this afternoon denied an appeal by the Select Oversight Committee into the George Washington Bridge lane closures to compel Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly to go before the investigative committee.

“For the reasons set forth in this opinion, plaintiff’s applications for judgments declaring that defendants have failed, without justification, to produce documents in accordance with the subpoenas are denied, as are plaintiff’s requests for injunctive relief ordering defendants to comply with the subpoenas,” Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson wrote. “Plaintiff’s complaints in both actions are dismissed.”

The matter rose out of complaints and orders to show casue filed by the committee as part of its investigation into Bridgegate and two principal players: Stepien, former campaign manager for Gov. Chris Christie; and Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff, who wrote, "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

The committee had issued subpoenas to Stepien and Kelly, who both maintained their refusal to comply, citing their privilege against self-incrimination and the 4th Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The judge ruled that the breadth of the subpoena was too broad.

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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