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January 16, 2014 | By Joe Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. -- A new investigative committee was preparing subpoenas Thursday for 17 individuals and three organizations as it launched a deeper look into how many employees or appointees of Gov. Chris Christie were involved in ordering lane closures that caused a massive September traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. The names on the list weren't immediately released, but they were expected to include Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, who weeks before the closures sent an email to a close ally of the governor on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the regional agency that controls the bridge.
January 15, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
How dire has the Fort Lee, N.J., traffic jam scandal known as "BridgeGate" gotten for Gov. Chris Christie? So bad that even Jersey's golden child, Bruce Springsteen, is mocking it. Springsteen appeared on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday to sing a parody of his anthemic hit "Born to Run" alongside Fallon. The new song, "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam," took dead aim at the governor's current headache. Fallon appeared first, dressed in his best early '80s "Born in the U.S.A.
January 14, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference last week, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it. I'm not referring to the scandal itself; that's easy enough to understand. What Christie's team did was outrageous and deserves as much foofaraw and brouhaha as the New Jersey media can muster.
January 14, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. -- Admitting mistakes even as he laid out ambitious plans to improve schools and reform criminal justice, Gov. Chris Christie tried to restart his political agenda Tuesday in the middle of the swirling scandal over the George Washington Bridge. The Republican governor opened his annual State of the State speech by repeating his apology for his aides' role in ordering closed several access lanes leading to the bridge. The move last September snarled traffic for four days in Fort Lee, where the Democratic mayor had failed to endorse Christie's November reelection.
January 13, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
NEW YORK -- The week of headaches for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues: He is facing questions over whether his office improperly used Superstorm Sandy aid funds for political purposes. The Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will audit how New Jersey spent $25 million of Sandy aid funds, according to the office of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., a New Jersey Democrat who asked the Inspector General to look into the issue in August. The probe comes days after Christie was engulfed in a political scandal when emails surfaced implying that top aides orchestrated the closure of lanes on the busy George Washington Bridge and snarled traffic in a town whose mayor had declined to support the governor's reelection bid. The scandal led to a rare, two-hour long press conference by Christie, who apologized and said he had fired a staffer and an advisor, and that he knew nothing about the retaliation plans.
January 13, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey legislators announced the creation of a new committee, with subpoena power and a special counsel, to press an investigation into who ordered lanes closed on the George Washington Bridge last fall - and what Gov. Chris Christie knew about it. Democratic leaders in the state Assembly said the committee will begin with the bridge closure and possibly expand to look into other allegations of “abuse of power” by Christie, considered...
January 13, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Enmeshed in a growing scandal over alleged political payback, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing a loss of confidence at home but as yet no significant damage to his national political standing, according to a pair of opinion surveys released Monday. A majority of  New Jersey residents,  51%, said that Christie has not been completely honest about events leading to the closure of lanes approaching the busy George Washington Bridge, according to the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll.
January 13, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
The most specious (and probably predictable) reaction to the unfolding scandal imperiling the presidential aspirations of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a silly attempt at misdirection by whiny conservatives who complain that journalists ignored the Obama administration's Benghazi and IRS “scandals” but have jumped all over Christie. Because he is a Republican. I don't know where this fake talking point first originated - my guess is Fox News - but my in-box has been full of emails from readers asking, as one did: “So how does Benghazi impact Clinton?
January 13, 2014 | By Barbara Garson
If Chris Christie's insistence that he didn't order his aides to snarl traffic on the George Washington Bridge sounds familiar, it should. Think Shakespeare. More specifically, think "Richard II. " Reading the emails sent by Christie's aides and appointees, I couldn't help but think about the scene in which Sir Pierce of Exton has a conversation with an unnamed servant. They've both heard King Henry IV express what sounds like a wish to have the imprisoned former king, Richard, executed.
January 13, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani and Alana Semuels
TRENTON, N.J. - For Gov. Chris Christie, the questions about the traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge are just beginning, as New Jersey Democrats announced a new investigative committee that would push to figure out who ordered the four-day traffic snarl, and why. Democratic leaders in the state Assembly said the committee would begin with the bridge closure and possibly expand to look into other allegations of political retribution by...
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