TRENTON, N.J. - The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey has issued subpoenas
to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's campaign and to the state
Republican Party ordering them to turn over documents related to the
George Washington Bridge lane closures.
Christie says he was not
involved in the plot to close the lanes in September, which has been
dubbed "Bridgegate." He fired his deputy chief of staff and campaign
manager because of their involvement and said he will cooperate in
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closures to the bridge that spans the Hudson River between New Jersey
and New York created traffic nightmares in Fort Lee, N.J., a town where
the Democratic mayor had declined to endorse Christie's re-election. The
gridlock occurred over four days in early September, including the
first day of school.
Last week, an Assembly committee issued 20
subpoenas to 17 individuals and three institutions. Some of the
recipients include key members of Christie's administration and
campaign, ranging from his spokesman to his chief counsel.
attorney for Christie's campaign and the state Republican Party, Mark
Sheridan from the Patton Boggs law firm, said they "intend to
Rebekah Carmichael, spokeswoman for the U.S.
Attorney's Office, said, "Our office can neither confirm nor deny taking
specific investigative actions.''
Sheridan in a statement said:
"Patton Boggs has been retained to represent the Christie for Governor
re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee in
connection with investigations being conducted by the US Attorney's
Office and the legislative committee. We can confirm that the Christie
for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State
Committee received subpoenas for documents from the U.S. Attorney's
office, in addition to the subpoena the campaign previously received
from the state legislative committee. All three subpoenas focus on the
closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge. The campaign and the
state party intend to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney's office and the
state legislative committee and will respond to the subpoenas
In a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll
out Monday, most Americans following "Bridgegate" do not believe
Christie was unaware his aides caused a traffic jam for political
Nearly three-quarters of those interviewed said they are
aware of the scandal involving the Republican governor's aides. Of those
who are aware of the issue, 58% said they did not believe Christie's
denials that he knew of the plan. Just under one-third, 32%, said they
believed the governor was unaware of his aides' actions.
had dismissed questions about the September traffic jams until Jan. 9,
when - after e-mails were released that revealed his aides discussing
the lane closings - he held a two-hour news conference and said he was
"blindsided" by the news.