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Bramnick Objects to Bridgegate Panel Partisanship [AUDIO]

Partisanship on the Democrat-controlled legislative committee investigating Bridgegate is getting worse, according to the top Republican in the Assembly. He said if things don’t improve, Republican members of the panel have options — one of which is to simply walk away.

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“There are three Assembly members and one Senate member on the Republican side, and I’m not going to come to a conclusion unless I have further discussions with my members,” said Assembly GOP Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield). “The decision as to whether to participate in what is a partisan investigation is one for all of the members and not one for me unilaterally.”

According to Bramnick, Republican members of the Select Committee on Investigation are getting their information from news reports and not from the Democratic co-chairs of the panel. Co-chairman and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) has stressed bipartisanship, but Bramnick said actions speak louder than words.

Is it really possible that Republicans might just bail on the SCI?

“That’s one of the options,” Bramnick said. “We would prefer to be included, but we are not going to be potted plants, I can guarantee you that. As they say in international relations: All options are on the table.”

Sometime in May, the SCI is expected to begin taking oral testimony from witnesses who have responded to subpoenas.

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