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Subpoenas Issued for Christie Bridgegate Lawyers
The lawyers hired by Governor Chris Christie to investigate the bridge scandal that has plagued his current term in office will be subpoenaed by a New Jersey legislative committee. The committee will ask for interview transcripts and other documents who issued their report last week that cleared Christie of any wrongdoing or knowledge of the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, according to ABC News.

John Wisniewski, an assemblyman, said that the lawyers who were hired by the Christie administration to conduct an internal review, had access to documents and information that the committee from the state has yet to see.

Wisniewski also noted that lawyers working on the review, who hail from the law firm of Gibson Dunn, withheld documents that were subpoenaed by the legislative committee while it worked on its report about the lane closures.

The report was released last week by lawyer Randy Mastro and in it concluded that Christie did not know of the lane closure plan at the bridge. It was done in retaliation against the Fort Lee, New Jersey mayor for not backing Christie during his re-election campaign for governor. The report also shot down claims that the administration tied recovery funds of Superstorm Sandy to approval of a redevelopment project favored by the administration.

The report was ripped apart by Democrats who said that it is incomplete because key players in the lane closures were not interviewed by the lawyers. The mayor who made the Sandy recovery funds claims was also not interviewed by the lawyers working on the case.

Wisniewski said that the committee has received "tens of thousands" of documents from the office of the governor following the subpoena last week. Wisniewski also said that some 70 people the lawyers interviewed and interview transcripts were not sent to the committee.

Mastro noted that interview transcripts were not released because the governor's office is cooperating with a federal investigation. Wisniewski said that the added subpoenas will be voted on when the committee convenes. The committee has eight Democrats and four Republicans on it.

Some two dozen people and organizations have been subpoenaed by the legislative committee that are close to Christie regarding the lane closures. The closures caused four days of remarkable traffic jams in Fort Lee until the lanes were ordered re-opened by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director. Five people close to Christie have lost their jobs as a result of the lane closures, including deputy chief of staff for the governor Bridget Kelly. Kelly started the lane closures with the message of "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."


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