2014-01-17T155957Z_2_CBREA0F17W700_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-CHRISTIE

Top Christie aides get subpoenas in New Jersey bridge probe

New Jersey Governor Christie speaks during his annual State of State address in Trenton, New JerseyA New Jersey state Senate panel is likely to issue subpoenas next week in its investigation into traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge that were apparently politically motivated, a source said on Friday. Aides and allies of Christie were also among those targeted by a separate panel convened by the state Assembly, which issued 20 subpoenas seeking information on Thursday in its own investigation. The Senate panel will meet on Wednesday to vote on the subpoenas as it looks into the abrupt closing of access lanes to the bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in seeming retribution aimed at the small city’s Democratic mayor, who failed to endorse Governor Chris Christie’s re-election bid last year, the source said. The bridge scandal surrounding the Republican governor, who is thought to be weighing a bid for the White House in 2016, broke open last week with the public release of emails showing a top Christie aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, appearing to order up traffic problems in Fort Lee.

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