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Hearing Could Impact Christie’s Staff [AUDIO]

As Bridgegate unfolded, part of the fallout was a delay in nominating Kevin O’Dowd as the state’s next attorney general. A Monday hearing could begin to unclog that process.

Governor Chris Christie announces current Chief of Staff Kevin O'Dowd will become New Jersey's next Attorney General and Regina Egea will become the new Chief of Staff while at the Statehouse in Trenton
Governor Chris Christie (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

O’Dowd, who is Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff, was set to become New Jersey’s top law enforcement official following Christie’s announcement in December.

However, the revelations of the scandal put everything on hold as questions arose about what O’Dowd knew and when.. He also supervised Bridget Kelly, who is at the center of the lane closure controversy.

O’Dowd has been subpoenaed Monday to appear before the legislative committee probing Bridgegate.

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Senate leaders have been in talks with Christie, and depending on how the testimony goes, a nomination and confirmation hearing could soon follow for O’Dowd.

This will be a story to watch early next week. It would mark a major step forward for the Christie Administration from the scandal, and of course, set up a reshuffling of Christie’s senior staff.

Check out a video recap of the week that was in New Jersey politics with the Political Bytes Week in Review, sponsored by Ray Catena Lexus of Monmouth and Ray Catena Lexus of Freehold.

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