U.S. prosecutors subpoena documents in N.J. bridge scandal: lawyer

NEW YORK Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:55pm EST

1 of 3. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie makes an education announcement involving a new after-school dinner program for students in need at Dudley Family School in Camden, New Jersey January 23, 2014.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey has issued subpoenas to Governor Chris Christie's campaign and the state Republican Party for documents related to George Washington Bridge access lane closures, a lawyer for both groups said on Thursday.

Federal prosecutors are looking into the incident in September in which a trail of emails has linked top Christie aides to huge traffic jams, apparently orchestrated to settle a political score during the governor's re-election campaign.

Christie, seen as a top Republican contender for the White House in 2016, has said he had no direct knowledge of the bridge incident, which is also under investigation by a state legislative committee.

In recent weeks, Democrats have made other allegations about the behavior of those close to Christie, a brash and charismatic executive who won re-election in a landslide after voters in this heavily Democratic state gave him high marks for his aggressive response to Superstorm Sandy in late 2012.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has come forward charging that Christie withheld storm recovery funds for political reasons. Congressman Frank Pallone requested a probe into a marketing campaign designed to draw visitors to the Jersey Shore after the storm that prominently featured Christie.

Christie's office has strongly denied any improper actions in either case.

Earlier this month, Christie fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, for her role in the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal. Two top Christie appointees to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, have resigned their positions.

The lawyer for Christie's campaign and the Republican party of New Jersey, Mark Sheridan, said the subpoenas also included emails involving Kelly, Baroni and Wildstein.

Asked for comment on the subpoenas, Rebekah Carmichael, spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor, said: "Our office can neither confirm nor deny taking specific investigative actions."

(Reporting By Edith Honan; Editing by Scott Malone, Jonathan Oatis and David Gregorio)

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Comments (8)
cfulbright wrote:
How are those IRS and Benghazi subpoenas coming? Must be lost in the mail.

Jan 23, 2014 8:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TVIN wrote:
You must be kidding me, its NO WAY he didn’t know about the scandal. HIs best friends. Come on a lawyer who knew not to put his name on anything and I BELIEVE he informed his FRIENDS to plead the fifth. How convenient. He thinks hes slick but I pray they CATCH him, he just started being humble, a NASTY NASTY person, what will these people receive later for taking the fall. The republications only back their MESS but cut everyone else…What nerve, he won’t get my vote,,, NO WAY HE DIDN’T KNOW come on AMERICA, something so HUGE HE KNEW…

Jan 23, 2014 8:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TVIN wrote:
JUST TELL WHAT christie agreed to, they will catch him. I won’t support none of then for the Presidency

Jan 23, 2014 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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