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New Jersey Lawmaker Calls Bridge Scandal A Crime

A Democratic state lawmaker in New Jersey calls the traffic jam scandal that ensnared GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s administration a crime.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (File)

TRENTON, N.J. (January 12, 2014) Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who’s leading a state investigation into a traffic jam scandal that ensnared Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration, says private email exchanges show a crime was committed.

Appearing Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation Wisniewski said using a public resource such as the George Washington Bridge for political retribution violates federal and state laws.

Four people close to Christie lost their jobs after a top aide gave the go-ahead to shut lanes to the bridge.

Lawmakers are investigating allegations that Christie loyalists intended to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse him.

Christie says he didn't know of any plot to close the lanes.

Wisniewski, however, said it "strains credibility" that the hands-on governor wasn't told by senior advisers who received emails about the closings.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, on the other hand, said he finds it "pretty darn credible" that Christie didn't know about the plan.

Speaking Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Giuliani said candidates "miss a lot of things" in the heat of political campaigns.

Christie was way ahead in his race for a second term when his deputy chief of staff gave the go-ahead for closing two lanes to the bridge, backing up traffic for hours in Fort Lee.

Democrats maintain the lane closings were political retribution against a Democratic mayor.

Christie’s political adviser, Bill Stepien, is a former Giuliani staffer.

He was among the four people who lost their jobs as a result of the scandal.


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