- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A top aide to Gov. Chris Christie is the latest to be ordered to testify before a New Jersey legislative committee investigating traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge last year.

A subpoena was sent Monday to Regina Egea, whom Christie has selected to be his next chief of staff, ordering her to appear at a July 8 committee meeting.

Last September, Egea was in charge of the governor’s authorities unit when she received an email from a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official suggesting the lane closures in Fort Lee, which caused four days of traffic gridlock, may have been illegal.

Her lawyer, Michael Martinez, did not immediately return a call seeking comment late Monday afternoon.

Egea’s name appeared on a list of 13 additional witnesses the committee’s co-chairs had said they were considering calling to testify, as they continue to try to nail down who was involved in the decision to shut down the lanes and why.

The list, which was obtained by The Associated Press and first reported by The Record newspaper, also included Christie’s political strategist, Michael DuHaime; Mark Sokolich, the mayor of Fort Lee; his former chief counsel, Charles McKenna; current chief counsel Christopher Porrino and other members of his staff.

One of the committee’s co-chairs, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, said Friday she expected this to be the last major round of requests for testimony.

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