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  • Kevin O'Dowd, Governor Christie's chief of staff, testifies before the New Jersey Select Commission on Investigation looking into the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge, Trenton, N.J., Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Amy Newman)

    Top Christie aide: I knew nothing of bridge plot

    The highest-ranking aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to testify before lawmakers about the traffic jam plot that has ensnared the administration said Monday he doesn't know who ordered the scheme or why.

  • Matt Mowers, former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, answers a question in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, May 20, 2014, from New Jersey lawmakers investigating the traffic jam scandal that's engulfed the governor's administration. Mowers, whose job included getting endorsements from mayors, said Tuesday that he was "dumbfounded and disappointed" to learn that a northern New Jersey mayor was apparently targeted in a political payback plot orchestrated by Christie loyalists. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Ex-Christie aide 'dumbfounded' by traffic plot

    A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie whose job included getting re-election endorsements from mayors said Tuesday that he was "dumbfounded and disappointed" to learn that a northern New Jersey mayor was apparently targeted in a political payback plot orchestrated by Christie loyalists.

  • Former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, Christina Renna, testifies  in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, May 6, 2014, before New Jersey lawmakers probing the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal. A legislative committee is investigating who was behind the politically motivated order to close lanes leading to the bridge last September. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Ex-Christie aide denies knowing of political plot

    A former staff member to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told lawmakers Tuesday that her boss, the fired aide accused of orchestrating the political payback plot at the George Washington Bridge, wasn't capable of such a maneuver.

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to Carol Raab Davis of Toms River, during a town hall meeting in Brick Township, N.J., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Many questions at the town hall focused on the state's Sandy recovery efforts. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Christie says he would have stopped lane closings

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he would have stopped aides from blocking lanes to the George Washington Bridge last fall if he had known about the plan in advance, saying outright what he has implied in previous denials about the traffic jam scandal that's engulfed his administration.

  • Christie 'nervous' when scandal linked to aides

    Gov. Chris Christie was "nervous" about the possibility more of his aides were involved in a politically motivated traffic jam scandal, according to interview notes released Monday by lawyers the governor's office hired to conduct an internal investigation.

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, March 11, 2014, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly waits in court for a hearing, in Trenton, N.J. Kelly and Bill Stepien, two former associates of Christie, do not have to hand over documents to a legislative committee investigating the traffic jam scandal engulfing the governor, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, Pool, File)

    Judge: Christie ex-aides can withhold documents

    Two former associates of Gov. Chris Christie do not have to hand over documents to a legislative committee investigating the traffic jam scandal engulfing the governor, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday.

  • Christie's bridge scandal lawyers to be subpoenaed

    A New Jersey legislative committee probing a political payback operation carried out by Gov. Chris Christie's aides and associates plans to subpoena interview transcripts and other documents from the lawyers the governor hired to carry out an internal investigation, the committee co-chairman said Monday.

  • NJ town releases dispatch tapes from traffic jams

    Around 9 a.m. on Sept. 9, someone in Fort Lee, N.J., called for an ambulance.

  • Transit agency head apologizes for NJ traffic jams

    The head of the transit agency at the center of the traffic jam scandal engulfing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration apologized to commuters Wednesday, and lawmakers investigating the apparent political payback plot moved to get information from two key figures.

  • Study: Fort Lee and communities' growth compatible

    A new study says the growth patterns of Fort Lee and communities surrounding the U.S. Army base are compatible.

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a ceremony to pass official hosting duties of next year's Super Bowl to representatives from Arizona, Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 in New York. Fellow Republicans are assessing the damage of new allegations that Gov. Christie knew about a traffic-blocking operation orchestrated by top aides. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Top Republicans say they stand by NJ Gov. Christie

    High-profile Republicans were adamant Sunday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should not resign from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Association following a former ally's claim that there is evidence Christie knew about an apparently politically motivated traffic jam earlier than he has said.

  • New Jersey Assemblymen John S. Wisniewski, center, D-Sayreville, N.J., Lou D. Greenwald, left, D-Vorhees, N.J., and incoming Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Secaucus, N.J., address the media Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Trenton, N.J.  Greenwald,  says an investigation into massive local traffic jams that has ensnared Gov. Chris Christie's administration has grown into an abuse of power probe.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    20 subpoenas issued in NJ traffic scandal

    A special legislative panel investigating an apparent political payback scheme involving Gov. Chris Christie's aides issued 20 new subpoenas Thursday, and he made his first trip since the scandal broke to pledge he won't be distracted from the job of rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy.

  • This image released by NBC shows Bruce Springsteen, left, and Jimmy Fallon performing during "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Lloyd Bishop)

    Fallon, Springsteen parody Christie's traffic jams

    Gov. Chris Christie's favorite rock star had something to say about the bridge scandal that's cost a couple of Christie loyalists their jobs.

  • New Jersey Assemblymen John S. Wisniewski, right, D-Sayreville, N.J., and Loius D. Greenwald, left, D-Vorhees, N.J., listen as incoming Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Secaucus, N.J., address the media. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. The group announced a new special legislative committee will be tasked with finding out how high up New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's chain of command a plot went that was linked through emails and text messages to a seemingly deliberate plan to create traffic gridlock in a town at the base of the George Washington Bridge after its mayor refused to endorse Christie for re-election. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    NJ Democrats intensify Christie scandal inquiry

    Democrats in New Jersey sharpened their aim at Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Monday, forming special legislative committees to explore the role politics played in traffic jams last fall and announcing that the investigation has grown into an abuse of power probe.

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference Thursday,  Jan. 9, 2014 at the Statehouse in Trenton. N.J.  Christie has fired a top aide who engineered political payback against a town mayor, saying she lied. Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is the latest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend Christie's second term and likely run for president in 2016. Documents show she arranged traffic jams to punish the mayor, who didn't endorse Christie for re-election.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    EDITORIAL: Politics ain't beanbag

    Closing several lanes of traffic on the George Washington Bridge to "punish" the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., was boneheaded, the sort of idea a junior aide suggests to catch the eye of the boss. Gov. Chris Christie's critics, who hadn't been able to lay a glove on the Teflon governor, finally had something to batter him about the head and shoulders with.

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