TRENTON -- New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto says new legislative hearings in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal are unlikely to yield new information.

Prieto, a Democrat, said in a statement Tuesday that new inquiries or subpoenas could be costly to taxpayers and probably wouldn't reveal new details.

He added, though, that legislative staffers will look over the record from the roughly six-week federal trial and compare it to findings from legislative hearings.

The investigative panel did not find evidence that Republican Gov. Chris Christie was connected to the wrongdoing. Two former allies were convicted in the trial. A third pleaded guilty.

Christie was not charged and denies any wrongdoing.

The Assembly has the power to bring impeachment charges against Christie but so far has not done so.

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