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A spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) pushed back on Saturday afternoon against allegations that the governor's office withheld Hurricane Sandy relief funds from Hoboken, N.J. until the mayor there approved a real estate project.

In a memo sent to reporters that stretched more than 1,500 words, spokesman Colin Reed characterized the allegations as part of a "gleeful assault" by the "partisan" MSNBC network and disputed the notion Hoboken had not gotten its fair share of Sandy aid funds.

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Updated: January 17, 2014, 6:05 PM

Several close aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), along with his campaign, are among those who reportedly are receiving subpoenas in the latest round of the investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Multiple media outlets on Friday reported the names of 15 of at least 20 people and organizations that are being subpoenaed by a pair of special legislative committees that have been set up to investigate the scandal.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is no stranger to accusations of political bullying and backroom dealing like those at the heart of the bridge scandal.

TPM has found one of the first times the brash political brawler faced such claims was in the mid-1980s when he was an undergrad at the University of Delaware.

There, student newspaper archives show, Christie was accused of establishing a college political machine that rewarded his friends and drove his classmates out of student government. One fellow student even wrote to the paper to decry Christie's "cronyism" and question the legitimacy of the future governor's reign.

The accusations have have relevance anew now that the potential 2016 presidential contender is facing the biggest turmoil of his career with the uproar over the George Washington Bridge. Democrats in New Jersey have accused members of Christie's administration of using their power to close lanes on the bridge, causing a traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee, N.J. as revenge against the mayor there. Christie's office did not respond to a request for comment.

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People who know New Jersey politics know who Michael Drewniak is.

A spokesperson for Gov. Chris Christie (R) going back to Christie's days as a U.S. attorney, Drewniak is known for "routinely [channeling] his boss's invective," as The Newark Star-Ledger put it recently. In 2009, when he was still the spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey and a registered Democrat, the website PolitickerNJ wrote about Drewniak's "testicular fortitude" in attending Christie's gubernatorial campaign kick-off event.

“We are not required to act like cloistered drones when it comes to the political process," Drewniak told the website at the time.

Thanks to the release last week of thousands of pages of documents connected to the George Washington Bridge lane closures, many people outside New Jersey politics have now learned who Drewniak is, too, while also learning a few things about his use of invective.

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While Fort Lee, N.J. was choked with gridlock during four days in September, first responders in the town were still forced to deal with the same emergencies they face everyday: car crashes, medical problems and the like.

Now, records obtained by TPM give a clearer look at just what the police in the town had to respond to during the traffic jam, which has since been blamed on a political vendetta by Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration.

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