Ex-Christie aides can withhold 'Bridgegate' papers: New Jersey judge

New Jersey Governor Christie's former deputy chief of staff Kelly walks with her attorney Critchley while surrounded by members of the media as they leave Mercer County Criminal Court in TrentonTwo former top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie do not have to turn over documents subpoenaed by a state legislative committee investigating the “Bridgegate” traffic scandal, a New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled on Wednesday. Attorneys for Bill Stepien, Christie’s former campaign manager, and Bridget Anne Kelly, his former deputy chief of staff, had argued that producing emails and other documents related to the September 2013 lane closures at the George Washington Bridge would violate their clients’ constitutional protection against self-incrimination and unreasonable search and seizure. Members of the Democrat-controlled state legislature investigating the lane closings issued subpoenas to Kelly and Stepien in January. Rejecting the committee’s attempt to compel them to cooperate, Judge Mary Jacobson said that Stepien and Kelly feared evidence they produced could be used by the U.S. Attorney’s office in its separate investigation of the scheme and allegations of abuse of power in the Christie administration.

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