- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Lawmakers want a prosecutor to consider contempt charges they leveled last week against a former appointee of Gov. Chris Christie who refused to answer questions about the closing of approach lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

David Wildstein appeared before a legislative committee last week under subpoena. But at his lawyer’s advice, the former Port Authority official refused to answer any questions.

Lawmakers on Monday asked the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office to handle the case. Documents Wildstein provided to lawmakers appear to show that the September lane closures were intended as political retribution for the mayor of Fort Lee.

Wildstein’s lawyer has indicated he will appeal the Legislature’s contempt finding.

Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini Jr. says any action by his office would be stayed pending the appellate decision.