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David Wildstein, player in NJ bridge scandal, will talk for immunity

New Records Released in N.J. Bridge Controversy




TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The former appointee of Gov. Chris Christie who directed lane closures that backed up traffic for hours in one New Jersey town is reiterating that he is ready to share more information if he can be granted immunity from prosecution.

Meanwhile, 17 other people and three organizations are being issued subpoenas as lawmakers try to learn exactly how the September lane closures on an approach to the George Washington Bridge from the community of Fort Lee happened and why.

David Wildstein, whom Christie appointed to a position in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has already supplied a legislative committee with the most damning documents in the case so far, including an email from a Christie aide saying it was "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," a sign that the lane-closing plot was hatched by Christie's aides as a political vendetta.

Wildstein's lawyer Alan Zegas told The Associated Press on Friday that there has not been any offer of immunity from the U.S. Attorney's Office, which is reviewing the matter. "If he has immunity from the relevant entities, he'll talk," Zegas said.

Wildstein, who resigned in December, appeared last week before a legislative committee investigating the closures but refused to answer any questions. He cited his right not to incriminate himself. The committee found him to be in contempt and referred the case to a prosecutor.

On Thursday, both chambers of the Legislature passed resolutions authorizing special investigative committees to continue the probes.

John Wisniewski, chairman of the Assembly's committee, announced that 20 subpoenas were being issued seeking documents related to the bridge closure.

He previously indicated that two former Christie aides who have been fired would be among them. But he said he would not release the full list until the subpoenas are served.

Matt Mowers, Christie's former regional political director for his re-election campaign, was among those subpoenaed.

The New Hampshire GOP, where Mowers recently started work as executive director, released a statement saying Mowers had been subpoenaed and offering support for him.

Christie has apologized but denied any knowledge of the plot.

On Thursday, his administration announced it had hired a legal team to deal with investigations by state lawmakers, a U.S. senator and federal prosecutors.

Christie himself, meanwhile, gave a speech at an event outside those at the State House for the first time in more than a week, telling people in a community devastated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 that storm recovery remains his top priority.

"I am focused as completely this morning as I was when I woke up on the morning of Oct. 30, 2012, and nothing will distract me from getting the job done," he said. "Nothing."

On Friday, he's scheduled to administer a ceremonial swearing-in for a new justice on the state Supreme Court and then head to Florida for multiple political fundraisers.

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mmel71 January 18 2014 at 9:07 AM

"They" have no choice. It's their only recourse against a popular and successful Moderate who reaches across party lines to get positive things done. They've been trying to ruin his image every chance "they" get. Take the Dream Act he just signed but doesn't seemed to be reported on anywhere in the Liberal Media. The Far-Left were trying to tank this bill so he wouldn't get credit for signing it! Those involved used email they obviously believed would never be read. And so why isn't the Governor implicated in them? Why, if the Governor was the "Master-Mind" wouldn't he have advised them not to use these communications when, as a U.S. Attorney, he used this EXACT type of evidence to prosecute Corruption, Racketeering, and Arms Dealers?

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chefdorsback January 18 2014 at 7:44 AM

NO IMMUNITY!! Nail their asses to the wall and be done with it.

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cgpdap January 18 2014 at 1:40 AM

THE MEDIA IS PAYING A MUCH UNDESERVED ATTENTION TO CHRISTIE ABOUT A LANE CLOSED ON A BRIDGE. BAD? YES INDEED. BUT NOT NEARLY AS BAD AS SECRETARY OF STATES ACTION ON FOUR MEN BEING BUCHERED AND SAYING, "AT THIS POINT WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE". I ASSUME IT MEANS NOTHING TO HER AND THE LIBERAL MEDIA.

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babasri January 18 2014 at 1:40 PM

Squawk ...... BENGHAZI ........ Squawk...... LIBERAL MEDIA......... Squawk......... COMMIE PROGRESSIVES.........Squawk....... OBAMACARE............

Lots of parrots posting to this article

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Sue January 18 2014 at 1:31 AM

It is amazing how an investigation has been advanced so quickly and no cares about Bengazi, the IRS scandal, Obamacare costs, and Fast and Furious. Nobody gets fired for those incidents - do they?

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voegelid January 18 2014 at 2:18 AM

Sue, I was going to post the exact same thing. The double standard is pitifully obvious.

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mvp3395 January 18 2014 at 1:31 AM

This guy is lying! I'll bet he'll be found to be behind this scandal. I wouldn't give anyone immunity. Nail all of those morons who put the public in grave danger and sentence them to lengthy jail terms when convicted. There is nothing worse than a political criminal. If the fat man is convicted the state may have to build a larger jail cell for him.

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mmel71 January 18 2014 at 9:10 AM

I'd rather rely on evidence then your biased "hunch."

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west83jazz January 18 2014 at 1:26 AM

Isn't it ironical that the top woman in this scandal name is Bridget. Christ Christie has been low keyed lately. No more yelling at newspeople (Now he needs them)

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no7mk1 January 18 2014 at 1:08 AM

If we exterminated all the rats in govt, we'd have no govt.....

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bzlotski January 18 2014 at 1:08 AM

I can't believe the fuss the left wing media is making over what they call a "scandal". A bridge closure? My my, is this the same media that has been mum over real Obama scandals like Benghazi (four Americans dead), NSA (Conservative reporters phones tapped), IRS (Tea Party groups targeted), and 'Fast and Furious' ( border agents killed)? What a double standard exhibited by the Obama adoring media. Rather sickening. At Least Christi took immediate action; apologized for the actions of his staff and fired those responsible. What did we get from Obama? Not one firing nor anyone held accountable! Just a statement that the targeting of Conservative groups by the IRS was unacceptable and that he will get to the bottom of it and take action against those responsible. I believe we're still waiting. Meanwhile, Lois Lerner was given paid leave and subsequently allowed to retire with lucrative benefits. Way to get to the bottom of it, Obama.

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west83jazz January 18 2014 at 1:29 AM

Think about, maybe the left wingers are smarter people. Have you ever notice they usually don't say idiotic things that annoy normal people.

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cgpdap January 18 2014 at 1:42 AM

IF YOU ARE AN EXAMPLE OF A LEFT WINGER, GOD HELP US ALL YOU ARE VERY STUPID

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brad January 18 2014 at 12:55 AM

Too bad we still don't know squat about who ordered the IRS targeting. (The last we heard was Lois Lerner taking the fifth, so everybody said, "ok nothing to see here I guess, let's just forget about it!" ) Or who ordered the stand down in Benghazi and why no help was sent. Etc Etc...The answers would be damaging to Hillary and the president, but a traffic jam, wow. No stone uncovered and the dogs are unleashed so long as the objective is to destroy a Republican presidential front runner.

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randmhunley January 18 2014 at 12:55 AM

this is all funny to me
the country is in bad shape and they
are just playin with peoples lives
and really dont care
hell they have all the money
after all
thats why you go into politics
for the money

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