NJ Lawmakers Will Plan Next Round Of Bridge Subpoenas Thursday

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One of the New Jersey legislative committees set to resume the investigation of the bridge scandal involving Gov. Chris Christie (R) plans to meet on Thursday to plan the next round of subpoenas in the case.

With the state legislature starting a new session this week, the task of investigating the scandal is being transferred from a single Assembly transportation committee to a pair of special committees, one in the Assembly and the other in the Senate, being created specifically to investigate the scandal.

Democrats announced Tuesday the process for creating the Assembly’s investigative committee.

A statement from the Democrats said the General Assembly will meet Thursday at noon to consider legislation that would formally create the committee. The legislation already has the support of Assembly leadership and is expected to pass. Afterward, the statement said, the committee is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. “to determine its process for issuing subpoenas.”

The state Senate is also planning to establish a committee Thursday to investigate the lane closures. Both committees are expected to be able to subpoena documents and testimony from officials in Christie’s administration to determine who was involved in the order to shut the lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September, which led to days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J.

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