- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 9, 2014

It’s been barely a day since the news broke that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration may not be as innocent as claimed about an alleged politically motivated road closing that jammed traffic through the New Jersey city of Fort Lee. But one local Democrat is already floating the idea of criminal charges.

N.J. state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said on Wednesday that she thinks criminal charges are forthcoming, Talking Points Memo reported.

“I am not a lawyer,” she said, saying “yes” to a question about whether criminal charges could be filed. “I am not a prosecutor, but from where I come from, you can’t use public facilities to politically punish people.”

Her comments came as Mr. Christie is fighting off an email scandal that seem to suggest his top aides targeted the mayor of Fort Lee for failing to support the governor during his reelection campaign by purposely closing down lanes on a heavily traveled roadway — the George Washington Bridge — in his district to cause him headache. Mr. Christie has said he knew nothing of the alleged action.

Meanwhile, N.J. state Sen. Ray Lesniak joined the call for criminal investigation, pushing for the federal government to look into the matter, CNN reported.