Christie Staffers Hit With Subpoenas

As preliminary investigation finds 'zero evidence' of traffic study
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2014 8:28 AM CST
Christie Staffers Hit With Subpoenas
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pauses as he addresses the media during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Three organizations and 17 members of Chris Christie's current and former staff—including former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly, ex-campaign manager Bill Stepien, and press secretary Michael Drewniak—were last night slapped with subpoenas demanding they hand over any Bridgegate documents to a legislative panel looking into the mess, the Bergen Record reports. The governor was not included in the list. The news comes as a preliminary inquiry by Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller found "zero evidence" that the lane closures on George Washington Bridge were tied to a legitimate traffic study, the Asbury Park Press reports.

The number of investigations into the traffic scandal are racking up—one each in the state Assembly and Senate, plus US Attorney's Office, Port Authority inspector general, and Senate Committee reviews. Christie's office will conduct an internal review with the help of Randy Mastro—the onetime chief of staff for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani—who "will bring an outside, third-party perspective to the situation," Christie said. Meanwhile, the governor will head to Florida this weekend, where he'll need to convince GOP donors that, amid the scandal, he's still a contender for president, reports the AP. (Read more subpoena stories.)

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