Committee Forms To Probe GWB Scandal As More Subpoenaes Expected

Assemblyman John Wisniewski to head-up new panel.

Wisniewski, Assembly Speaker-elect Vincent Prieto and Democratic Majority Leader Lou Greenwald announced the creation of the new "Bridgegate" investigative committee at an afternoon conference Monday in Trenton.
Wisniewski, Assembly Speaker-elect Vincent Prieto and Democratic Majority Leader Lou Greenwald announced the creation of the new "Bridgegate" investigative committee at an afternoon conference Monday in Trenton.

Two more top officials from the Christie administration likely will be subpoenaed on Thursday as top state Assembly Democrats announced that a special investigatory committee will be formed to probe the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Gov. Chris Christie's fired deputy chief of staff and his two-time campaign manager are the most likely to be issued subpoenas to deliver documents and possibly appear before the new investigative committee, said Assemblyman John Wisniewski, D-Middlesex.

Wisniewski, Assembly Speaker-elect Vincent Prieto and Democratic Majority Leader Lou Greenwald announced the creation of the new committee at an afternoon conference Monday in Trenton. Wisniewski will head the new committee when it is seated after the start of the new legislative session on Tuesday.

The committee will employ a special outside council and will be charged with pursuing leads in the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal dogging the Christie administration. 

“This investigation, through emails, has grown into a much larger investigation that has led us to the governor’s office,” Wisniewski said.

The trio said the committee would be bipartisan but said they did not know make up or ratio yet. The special council could be appointed by Wednesday and Bridget Anne Kelley, Christie’s recently fired deputy chief of staff, and two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien could be the “two most likely’’ to be subpoenaed on Thursday, Wisniewski said.

The committee will be charged with following leads to possible corruption stemming from the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that gridlocked traffic for four days - a scheme that seems to have been ordered by Kelly as retribution for an endorsement snub from the Fort Lee mayor.

Wisniewski said the probe may assist lawmakers in overhauling the Port Authority to prevent any abuse of power in the future.

“It’s not sufficient that four people have left their jobs in the Port Authority administration,’’ Wisniewski said. “The Port Authority and other agencies are going to need a drastic overhaul.’’

Prieto, Wisnewski and Greenwald each said it is too early to begin compiling a list of those who could be called before the committee.

After the conference, Greenwald said that Christie should be taken at his word that he had nothing to do with the lane closures.

“I think you have to take this one step at a time and see where this goes,’’ Greenwald said. “Take the governor at his word that he had no involvement in this and I think that’s the best way to approach it.’’

paulie January 13, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Wisnewski has hated Christe from day one. Good luck getting anything to stick. Personally I will take the governor at his word unless proven otherwise.
Bob English January 13, 2014 at 02:52 PM
@Joey....Don't blame the Democrats for the criminal behavior of a bunch of sociopaths that Christie has in his office and the Port Authority cronies all of whom thought it was very funny to intentionally cause harm to thousands of NJ residents. To top it off, Christie's first explanation was 100% false (and he attacked those investigating) so now, he has to shut up while there are going to be multiple investigations with people testifying under oath.
Nicole Magnotti January 13, 2014 at 03:22 PM
I'm a Chrisite supporter, but its real hard to believe that he knew nothing about what was going on. I also don't like that he threw his top aide under the bus.
. January 13, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Christie is on the way out. The skeletons in his closed are even bigger than he is. He has been lying to everyone since he first took office. He is a lousy governor and needs to be sent packing.
Davie January 13, 2014 at 04:34 PM
I am convinced the only way this can be stopped is jail time and fines for whoever engineered and implemented this shameful act.
Clay Thomas January 13, 2014 at 05:18 PM
So much like "Tricky Dick" Nixon. Fire a few cronies, lie through your teeth that you knew nothing about it and hope that all the stupid people will believe you. Well, it took a little time but the law caught up with him and it will with Christie too! Just wait, his staff will be squealing like pigs when the reality of jail time becomes evident. There's so much more yet to be revealed. Stay tuned!
firedup49 January 13, 2014 at 05:28 PM
the jury is still out, so I will wait....Who ever did this should be held responsible and punished................ Media flooded with Christie every second. IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, crickets............................................................. .I saw Lone Survivor this weekend, how devoted they were to each other they called themselves brothers, never to leave each other...................Made me think where was the head of our Armed Forces for those ten hours??? . Only to fly to Las Vegas that morning and campaign for an hour. I felt sad to think did he really care..
Chief Wahoo January 13, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Ha ha ha. Look at the 3 Stooges.
firedup49 January 13, 2014 at 05:33 PM
My statement above, at this point I do not trust majority of the politicians, no matter what party affiliation.
Joe R January 13, 2014 at 05:42 PM
All those elected Democrats who gave support to Christie should hang their heads in shame. Oh wait, they're shameless and they were too busy stabbing Barbara Buono in the back. Did the Clintons and Obama give any kind of support to Buono? I think they may have sent her a supportive email. We have never had such a verbally rude, crude and uncivil governor. He has done untold harm to our highly rated public schools which always rank in the top tier of schools in the nation. You would never know that from the way Christie bad mouths, demeans and demonizes our public schools. He did not lower your property taxes and he's given all kinds of gifts to the big corporations.
Linda Maloney January 13, 2014 at 06:09 PM
@Joe R You could also include Senators Menendez and Booker!
Clay Thomas January 13, 2014 at 06:24 PM
Remember it was Christie who called a Navy Seal veteran "an idiot" for asking a question he didn't want to answer at a town hall meeting. Stay classy Gov. Numbnuts!
firedup49 January 13, 2014 at 06:37 PM
Joe R. you mention schools, also Christie approved of the governments (Obama and Arnie Duncan) horrible, corporate "Common Core" to dumb down our children.
Bob Jones January 13, 2014 at 06:56 PM
And you wonder why we absolutely HATE LIBERALs & Democrates......What happened to the IRS', Bengazi and “Fast and Furious". People DIE and People are harassed by government....
CTA January 13, 2014 at 06:57 PM
When occupy Wall Street blocked streets for political reasons, they went to jail. When the governors office blocked streets for political reasons what's going to happen?
Clay Thomas January 13, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Look, I'm not happy with "Common Core" either but this all goes back to Dubya's "No Child Left Behind." We all know each kid is different and they learn differently too. To lump all kids together, even identified special needs students, and expect all will reach the same level of achievement, is sheer stupidity. Please let the professionals (teachers) do the job they have been educated and licensed to do.
Bob English January 13, 2014 at 07:37 PM
For everyone that relies on Fox News and right wing talking points for their information, note that there is zero evidence that anyone in the Obama Administration had anything to do with any wrongdoing by anyone at the IRS.
Peter L January 13, 2014 at 07:57 PM
we New jerseyites are handing the presidency to what does it matter clinton...this person calculates everything including how badly her hair looked. So she would look like she worked so hard and now she is a victoria secret model (tongue in cheek) with her new look. Stop hearing and start to think any one of 20 scandals would if properly investigated impeach obama. We are being played just like the clintons were played. And I for one do not like it ....providing he didnt know Chrisie is one of us and should be afforded our support. Right now our local pols are in bed with the clinton machine ....we direct here in jersey we do not take instructions from Hillary and Bill
YouSuck January 13, 2014 at 08:27 PM
I don't remember any democrat committes looking into McGreeveys wrong doings. Maybe this is Karma for Christie making a deal with Jimbo to not send him to prison. Hey Christie, Why isn't McGreevey and Golen Cipel in prison? Isnt it a crime to blackmail a governor?
YouSuck January 13, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Its time for Christie to tell New Jersey and America what Democrat Govenor JIm Mcgreevey really did as Governor.
michael paduano January 13, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Peter L, you are just plain stupid. Every thing you said was stupid. You want the State to overlook crimes to make sure someone you don't like doesn't get some perceived advantage in the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election. You are a stupid idiot. And, you are illiterate. Why don't you edit what you write before you post it?
Peter L January 13, 2014 at 09:25 PM
Geeze Mike not getting any lately...personal attack wow that hurt my 6"1"235 lb frame. Why so critical of the manner of my writing. Should I have used words like sycophant, disingenuous or perhaps obfuscate. I agree I wrote the comment very quickly and made no edits figuring only the typical Jersey gal or guy was reading. However the sentiment remains Christie has been targeted by the national democratic party. And as I said if he knew he is toast. Otherwise we all should support him unless you have an agenda. Listen tell mrs paduano to try a reach around with all that vitriolic emotion you need a release. Incidently really bad idea with the full name pal
michael paduano January 13, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Well, Petey, I attacked you so I guess you can attack me. But my wife died 10 months ago so let's leave her out of it.
Peter L January 13, 2014 at 09:38 PM
well sorry about the wife but you were out of line....you could of easily made your points with out the "truly an idiot" I believe you clearly understood what I was saying....albeit poorly ...but attacking me not so smart I grew up in Newark we don't cotton to name calling to well
firedup49 January 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Clay Thomas.. Common Core is being funded by Bill Gates Foundation and other corporations, even Jeb Bush is a fan CC. This will dumb down our children. All children do not learn the same. Here is some info.. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2011/04/gates_pearson_foundation_to_cr.html http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/gates-ncee-influence/ .........................................Teacher retires because of common core http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KI-lzKfhyM ..........................................................................................................Sorry everyone to get off subject
dj January 14, 2014 at 06:53 AM
If they had worked this hard on Bengazi, obama would have been impeached, must be great to be a liberal.
Allen Braun January 14, 2014 at 07:30 PM
The citizens of Fort Lee who use the GWB regularly need to find a law firm to file a class action suit against: 1. The NJ GOP 2. Governor Christie 3. Governor Christie's staff who were involved (this includes Bridget Kelly, of course) 4. Commission members who were involved (Baroni, Wildstein and possibly Sampson). Only by taking a financially punishing approach against these people who committed a financially damaging act will there be a modicum of justice and a loud warning sent to office abusers everywhere in America. So Lawyers! Advertise to seek a plaintiff to start the class action!
jerseytomato January 14, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Excuse me, but we're talking about a traffic situation here. Traffic on a stinking bridge. Never mind party affiliation - it's rather amazing to listen to each and every liberal flame grill the Governor. Even Pallone, the self avowed Socialist, called Christie a liar. Time will tell. But it does beg the question - if not knowing is good enough for Obama - why not Christie? Let us remember that Christie is an attorney, with a stellar win case ratio. Christie has never lost a court case. Like him or not, it's doubtful he lied.
jerseytomato January 14, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Allen Braun - get out much? Three days ago, Allen. A class action law suit was filed three days ago. See Allen, there are litigious people out there - just like you.
bayway mike January 15, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Where's Jon Corzine when you need him???


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