2014-01-27T204426Z_1_CBREA0Q1LM900_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-CHRISTIE

Joint N.J. legislative committee probing Christie's 'Bridgegate'

New Jersey Governor Christie meets students before making an education announcement involving a new after-school dinner program for students in need at Dudley Family School in CamdenBy Noreen O’Donnell (Reuters) – New Jersey state legislators voted on Monday to merge parallel investigations into the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal ensnaring Republican Governor Chris Christie. The newly-formed joint committee will have the power to subpoena witnesses and correspondence and to order testimony under oath as part of its investigation into allegations that a gubernatorial aide engineered the traffic jam to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, which abuts the bridge. “Throughout the earlier stages of this investigation, it became clear that for every answer we uncovered, many more questions arose,” Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a leader of the probe as the head of the Assembly Transportation Committee, said in a statement. “Forming this joint committee is the best way to streamline and expedite our inquiry in order to obtain the answers we need to prevent future abuses of power,” Wisniewski said.

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