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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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komivesdd January 17 2014 at 11:57 PM

Ol Davy is gonna sing like a canary!

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Bill komivesdd January 18 2014 at 12:16 AM

Yes he is because he's a child in a man's world. "Save me and I'll talk." Sad.

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wtolsma komivesdd January 18 2014 at 12:33 AM

I think so also and probably sound prettier then a canary to proscecutors, but to do that he has to have immunity! That is what he is offering and to get immunity he has to show something that would make proscecutors believe there is a bigger fish out there behind all of this. Proscecutors are not going to give him immunity unless they know he has something guranteed to implicate someone bigger then what he is. I do agree with you and can't wait to see what happens. I think they are going to see what they can get before they offer him immunity tho.

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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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ohiousaman January 17 2014 at 11:06 PM

Loyalty?? what is that david wildestein asked the committee....

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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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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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Muscles January 18 2014 at 12:43 AM

I'm sure he's not the only one trying to get a deal with prosecutors.

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emmett January 18 2014 at 12:14 AM

well, he said what he said, and if he lied, then he should pay. It is hard to believe that he would be so stupid when he was ahead at the time by nearly 30 points. If it turns his way, then at last we have a head of a goverment firing people, and trying to make it right.If the president would do that we would be so much better off.

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sharkhunt3 January 17 2014 at 8:22 PM

how many uhs and ums that is incredible and so hard to listen to that guy

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boondocsco January 17 2014 at 8:47 PM

It would be wrong for Wildstein to be granted full immunity. It would call into question the truth of any statements he offered in exchange. Additionally, he definitely did something he should be punished for. He should not be allowed to escape punishment entirley. If he want to bargain, it should be for no more than a reduced sentence.

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Junior January 17 2014 at 7:40 PM

I don't beleive anything anybody say's that are in office. They are all for money like leaches. In fact they are leaches living off of tax payer money and sending the tax payer to the poor house. __ them all!

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