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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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The scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge aside, a separate investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's use of Hurricane Sandy funds involves a former Christie aide who has been embroiled in several of his past controversies.

Federal officials are looking into an advertising campaign New Jersey commissioned which was aimed at encouraging tourism to the state after the devastating storm, but which favorably featured the governor and his family in 2013 when he was up for re-election.

The ad campaign was awarded to the East Rutherford-based public relations firm MWW, which raised eyebrows for two reasons: its reported $4.7 million bid was about $2 million higher more than a competing bidder, which apparently didn't seek to give the Christies the same exposure. And, according to the Asbury Park Press, the woman tapped to lead a six-person panel to award the contract was Michele Brown, a former Christie aide with whom he has a complicated history.

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The George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal continued to unfold over the weekend, as media outlets spotlighted bits and pieces of information contained in the hundreds of pages of documents released on Friday, and alternate theories began being floated by observers and pundits.

For everything that has been learned about the lane closings -- which caused a massive, multi-day traffic jam in Fort Lee, N.J. -- there are still major unanswered questions in this story.

Here are four big ones:

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The next big question in the George Washington Bridge scandal that has rattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: determining whether or not anybody should be charged with a crime.

The U.S. attorney has opened a preliminary inquiry after a referral from the inspector general at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which had been investigating the matter. David Wildstein, the disgraced Christie appointee at the heart of the scandal, repeatedly invoked his right to remain silent during an oversight hearing with state lawmakers. The journey toward uncovering any potential criminality is well underway.

But where does it end? Legal and ethics experts caution that we don't have enough information to predict with much certainty. But based on what is known, they suggest a few potential threads to follow.

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This post has been updated.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) faced the music Thursday following the revelation that members of his administration had been involved in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year.

But while he hit all the necessary notes -- apologizing to the people of New Jersey, announcing he'd fired members of his staff and claiming the ultimate responsibility for what happened -- Christie routinely slipped into moments of cognitive dissonance and rhetorical flubs that suggested the scandal has left the governor at least slightly shaken.

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