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 Phot
Judge Won't Block Subpoena in NJ Traffic Scandal
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey judge will not stop a legislative committee from forcing a former appointee of Gov. Chris Christie to testify about a scandal involving punitive traffic lane closures.
The judge says "the court does not sit in supervision over the Legislature."
Christie's former No. 2 deputy at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Bill Wildstein, claimed Assembly Transportation Committee chairman John Wisniewski did not have the authority to subpoena him. Wildstein resigned in December.
The legislative panel is investigating why the lanes were suddenly closed in September, causing traffic gridlock in Fort Lee. Emails and text messages revealed Wednesday that Christie's administration may have closed the lanes to exact political retribution.
Wildstein's lawyer says he doesn't know if his client will appear before the committee Thursday.