- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 12, 2014

A New Jersey lawmaker leading the investigation into the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal said Sunday that Gov. Chris Christie’s claim to have known nothing about September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge simply isn’t believable.

“I don’t think it’s credible for a governor to have his chief of staff, his communications director, his deputy chief of staff, all involved, his chief counsel, all involved in email communications on the day this took place and the days after talking not only about the problems that were created in Fort Lee but also talking about how to spin it to the press,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a Democrat who leads the New Jersey Assembly’s Transportation Committee.

“Remember, this was in the midst of [Mr. Christie‘s] re-election campaign. Any governor running for re-election is going to want to know about problems that come up if for no other reason than to know how to respond when asked the question,” he added during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

Last week, Mr. Christie cut ties with two top aides after learning of their role in the politically motivated lane closures along the George Washington Bridge last September. The ordeal appears to have been orchestrated as political revenge against Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn’t back Mr. Christie’s re-election bid.

Mr. Wisniewski said he believes a crime was committed if, in fact, public officials used public property for politically motivated revenge. He also said that if he uncovers evidence that Mr. Christie was involved or at least knew about the matter and then lied, the governor could face impeachment.

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