Christie: No Bridgegate Subpoena from US Attorney
Gov. Chris Christie Monday said he has not been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney investigating Bridgegate and declined to say whether he would testify before the joint legislative committee probing the lane-closing affair that has roiled his administration.
David Matthau’s audio report on this story:
Earlier, the co-chair of the Select Committee on Investigation said the panel will begin taking oral testimony in May from those who have responded to subpoenas in the Bridgegate investigation. The witness list has not yet been made public, but Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) said he is not ruling anyone in or out including Christie.
But when “Ask the Governor” host Eric Scott asked Christie if he would consider testifying before the committee, Christie showed zero interest in addressing that issue.
“I’m not going to talk about that,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about it,” he said.
The U.S. Attorney is also investigating the scandal. Scott asked Christie if he personally has received a subpoena from U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
“No, absolutely not,” Christie said. “We’re fully cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s office.”
For four days in September access lanes were closed without warning in Fort Lee leading to the George Washington Bridge. Traffic was backed up for hours each day. Democrats think the unannounced closures were done for political payback to Fort Lee’s mayor for refusing to endorse Christie’s reelection campaign.
The governor has consistently denied any involvement in the lane closures. An internal investigation cleared Christie of wrongdoing, but critics are skeptical about a report issued by a team of lawyers hand-picked by the Christie Administration.
One of Christie’s deputy Chiefs of Staff, Bridget Kelly was fired after an email apparently sent by her went public saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Christie cut ties with his two-time campaign manager, Bill Stepien after Stepien’s involvement in the so-called Bridgegate scandal became evident.
Both Kelly and Stepien received subpoenas from the SCI, but they both fought successfully to have a court quash the subpoenas.
FULL AUDIO FROM ASK THE GOVERNOR 4/21/14