A top New Jersey Democrat will issue subpoenas as early as Monday to delve into the actors and motives behind the dubious “traffic study” at the base of the George Washington Bridge that is threatening Gov. Chris Christie’s political future.
The Newark Star-Ledger reported that Assemblyman John Wisniewski will subpoena former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and campaign adviser Bill Stepien. Mr. Christie severed ties with both people last week, saying they violated his “circle of trust” with their involvement in a September scheme to reduce three access lanes to the bridge to one, creating gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J., as apparent political retribution after the town’s Democratic mayor failed to endorse Mr. Christie for re-election.
Mr. Wisniewski said he wants to access details that were hidden in heavily redacted documents. He also signaled that motives for the closings may have extended to a fight over state Supreme Court nominees, the Star-Ledger reported.
He will issue the subpoenas immediately if lawyers say they will have effect past Tuesday, when the legislative session ends. Otherwise, he will wait until Thursday.