Bridgegate Probe: What’s Next? [AUDIO]
While the joint legislative committee probing the Bridgegate scandal continues to review thousands of pages of subpoenaed documents, the panel's co-chair updates Townsquare Media on where things stand now and where the investigation goes from here.
"The committee will meet on an as-needed basis to decide various issues that may warrant having all of the members present in one room to discuss them," explained Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville). "Clearly if there's a time when the committee is going to take testimony we'll have a meeting."
An "as-needed" meeting will happen Feb. 10 when members of the panel will be given an update on the probe. The update will be followed by a closed-door session that will not be open to the public. When and if they are called, all witnesses providing testimony will be under oath.
"The committee is investigating an abuse of power that appears to have originated in the governor's office," Wisniewski said. "Our end goal is to find out how this could happen (and) change the laws that allowed it to happen so that we can restore confidence in government."
New Jersey has been in the eye of a scandal storm and Gov. Chris Christie has been under fire for weeks after emails surfaced showing members of the his inner circle appear to have orchestrated the Port Authority's closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September in retaliation against Fort Lee's Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Christie's re-election bid.
Two of Christie's appointees to the Port Authority and one of his staffers have resigned amid the controversy. Deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly has been fired as has the governor's two-time campaign manager and close advisor Bill Stepien.
Bridgegate probe to check Christie chopper rides / New York Post
More Subpoenas Coming in GWB Closure Probe: Source / NBC New York