New subpoenas seek to unravel NJ bridge scandal

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January 17, 2014 2:52:24 PM PST
Four people from the agency that runs bridges and tunnels between New Jersey and New York have been subpoenaed in the investigation of a traffic jam scandal that has shaken Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

Emails and text messages are being sought from Bill Baroni, Christie's top deputy at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who has resigned, and three others, including a top aide to agency chairman David Samson.

A state legislative panel has issued a total of 20 subpoenas, including to the governor's chief of staff and chief counsel.

A full list of names will be issued once all the subpoenas have been served.

The panel wants to get to the bottom of a scheme to close lanes near the George Washington Bridge, causing traffic gridlock in the town at the base of the span. The plot may have been carried out to settle a political score.