NJ lawmakers given documents sought in Christie traffic probe

February 4, 2014

New Jersey lawmakers investigating a widening traffic scandal that threatens the political ambitions of Republican Governor Chris Christie said on Monday they had begun to receive some of the documents under subpoena for their probe.

A committee of lawmakers had issued the orders to a number of Christie’s top aides, who faced a Monday deadline. The lawmakers did not give details of the documents they had received, and said in a statement that many people had been granted extensions “as is typical in such situations.”

The lawmakers are investigating the September lane closures in Fort Lee, New Jersey, to the busy George Washington Bridge, which caused four days of traffic jams in the town across the river from New York City. The closures, which were ordered by Christie’s aides, came after the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee declined to endorse Christie’s re-election bid.

Christie, who is widely seen as a leading Republican candidate for the White House in 2016, has said he was unaware of his aides’ actions and sacked his deputy chief of staff in connection with the lane closures. Still, the scandal has hurt his image and polls show him losing ground as a potential presidential contender.

The Democrat-controlled state legislature has served subpoenas on Christie appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge, Christie’s top aides and his re-election campaign.

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