Politics

Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Documents From Chris Christie's Bridgegate Scandal

| by Ethan Brown

A new subpoena has been issued to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey based on new allegations that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s (R) administration punished the mayor of Jersey City for not endorsing Christie’s re-election bid in 2013.

Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop alleges that the Christie administration abruptly cancelled scheduled meetings with top commissioners after Fulop declined to endorse the governor in his successful bid for re-election.

Information previously uncovered shows that Fulop was considered an enemy of the Christie administration.  According to the Wall Street Journal, David Wildstein, a top Christie aide and ally at the time, ordered “radio silence” when complaints from the mayor of Fort Lee, NJ stated that the lane closures of the George Washington Bridge were becoming quite burdensome.  In the same statement, Wildstein later wrote, “His name comes right after mayor Fulop.”

In the past, Gov. Christie has restrained any feud with Fulop, instead repeatedly saying his beliefs to want to work well with Jersey City, one of the higher populated areas of the state.

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The new controversy comes just over a year following the ‘Bridgegate’ controversy, where Gov. Christie and administration officials purposely closed lanes of the George Washington Bridge to punish Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie in the 2013 gubernatorial election.  Christie denied knowing about the malicious views behind the lane closures, which were done by former Christie aides who the governor immediately fired.

In December 2014, Christie was cleared of any wrongdoing in the scandal, when the Democratic-led investigate committee and reports showed “no conclusive evidence” that Christie was somehow involved in the lane closures.  However, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is still investigating Christie’s potential role in the Bridgegate scandal, although no information has been revealed by Fishman just yet.

Sources: the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast / Photo Credit: Rowan University