BridgeGate May Not Have Derailed Christie’s Chief Of Staff After All

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff, Kevin O’Dowd, is scheduled to testify Monday in front of the state lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures. After that, O’Dowd may finally be back on his way to becoming the state’s attorney general.

Christie announced late last year that he intended to nominate O’Dowd to be attorney general, but the nomination was put on hold in January, when the bridge scandal really blew up. But now State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D) has told The Newark Star-Ledger that he had discussions with Christie and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) about “moving things forward.”

“It’s certainly a possibility depending on what happens at the Bridgegate hearing,” Scutari told newspaper. “It’s a significant possibility.”

Earlier this week, the committee investigating the scandal announced it had subpoenaed O’Dowd to come testify. O’Dowd supervised Bridget Kelly, the former Christie administration official most closely linked to the plan to close Fort Lee, N.J.’s access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September.

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