Christie, Traffic, and Bridges! Oh My!
A New Jersey state Senate panel has been investigating the traffic mess on the George Washington Bridge, known by some as “Bridgegate,” for Governor Chris Christie’s (R-N.J.) involvement. The panel will probably be sending out subpoenas next week, according to Reuters, to aide in its investigation of the lane closure and subsequent traffic jams. Christie’s re-election campaign organization will also be receiving subpoenas, according to NBC News and Bloomberg reports that Christie has recently fired his campaign manager.
Some of Christie’s aides have also been called for interview by a state Assembly panel in some of the twenty subpoenas it sent out on Thursday. Some aides involved in the lane closures have already been removed from their positions after suspicions came out that the closures — which put public safety in danger according to some authorities — may have been politically motivated, despite some insisting it was a traffic test.
Specifically, Bridget Ann Kelly, Christie’s top aide, was fired by the governor last week. She was responsible for ordering the lanes closed, which caused the issues in the Fort Lee area. Fort Lee Mayor, Mark Sokolich (D-N.J.), had chosen not to support Christie’s re-election, and noted the possible connection between the possibly intentional traffic situation and his political decision, according to Bloomberg.