2014-05-13T110846Z_1_CBREA4C0UYQ00_RTROPTP_2_USA

Aide to New Jersey Governor Christie called to testify in 'Bridgegate' probe

New Jersey Governor Christie speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting at the Venetian Resort in Las VegasBy Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – A top spokesman for Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is scheduled to testify in Trenton on Tuesday about a scheme to create traffic gridlock at the George Washington Bridge last year, apparently as political payback. Michael Drewniak, Christie’s press secretary, and Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that oversees bridge operations, were called to appear before a legislative panel probing the closure of lanes leading to the busy commuter span linking New Jersey with New York City. The shutdown over four days last September was green-lighted by two former Christie appointees in an apparent effort to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, on the New Jersey side of the bridge, for not endorsing Christie’s re-election. The bipartisan panel in Trenton, the state capital, has sent out more than 30 subpoenas from individuals trying to determine who in Governor Christie’s office and at the Port Authority might have knowledge of the shutdown.

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