Bridgegate Committee Plays Waiting Game [AUDIO]
The Select Committee on Investigation, the legislative panel looking into the Bridgegate scandal, continues to comb through thousands of documents while waiting for a judge to decide — in a ruling expected soon — if two key players will be forced to turn over subpoenaed information.
“I think the majority of the documents received by the committee from the governor’s office were received over the last week,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville), who co-chairs the committee. “It’s hard to quantify whether I can fairly say the committee received most of what we’ve asked for.”
It is clear the committee has not gotten anything from Bridget Kelly or Bill Stepien. Both argue that turning over subpoenaed documents would violate their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
Kelly is Gov. Chris Christie‘s former deputy chief of staff. She was fired after an email apparently sent by her went public saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Stepien is Christie’s two-time campaign manager who lost his jobs as head of the GOP State Committee and consultant for the Republican Governors Association, after Christie read emails that he said showed Stepien used bad judgment.
According to Wisniewski, the SCI is trying to determine if everyone else has complied with the subpoenas they’re gotten.
“I do know that we are still waiting for complete responses from some individuals such as David Samson,” Wisniewski said. “We’re not sure if the governor’s office response is complete, as well as responses from the governor’s re-election committee.”
In September, access lanes in Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge were closed without prior warning, possibly as political payback for the town’s Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Christie’s re-election. Traffic was snarled for four days until the lanes were reopened.
A Christie administration internal probe of the scandal concluded the governor did nothing wrong, but the SCI and the U.S. Attorney are still investigating.