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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday said that he will personally apologize to the Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (D) and the residents of his town, which was impacted for days when multiple lanes on the George Washington Bridge were shut down.

"I think they need to see me do that personally, and I intend to do that later on today," Christie said during a press conference. "People of those communities for four days were impacted in a completely callous and indifferent way, and I'm going to go and apologize for that."

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The U.S. attorney in New Jersey will open a "preliminary inquiry" into the involvement of Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration in closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge last year, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, will announce the inquiry on Thursday morning, according to the Times.

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Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich on Wednesday said that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) should offer an apology not to him, but rather to the families who were impacted by the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

"Don't call me, but call the families," he told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room." "He has to publicly address the folks who are specifically impacted by this."

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New Jersey Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D), who has led the investigation into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, on Wednesday said that while he has not seen Gov. Chris Christie directly implicated in the scandal, the governor needs to explain his role.

"I have not seen emails that have the governor's name on it, but the email has the deputy chief of staff on it," Wisniewski said in a press conference. "This is an administration that keeps a tight control over what happens and comes out of the front office. We would like to get explanations as to who else in the governor's office knew about this and what the role is."

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Tuesday told state agencies that the state recognition of same-sex marriage is "on hold" until a final Supreme Court ruling is issued.

"Based on counsel from the Attorney General’s Office regarding the Supreme Court decision, state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice," Herbert's Chief of Staff Derek Miller wrote in a memo sent to reporters. "It is important to understand that those laws include not only a prohibition of performing same-sex marriages but also recognizing same-sex marriages."

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New Jersey Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D), who led the investigation into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday about the latest news on the the lane closures and aides for Gov. Chris Christie (R).

On Wednesday, TPM reported that emails and text messages between top Christie aides reveal that they may have initiated the bridge lane closures as political retribution for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (D), who did not endorse Christie during the 2013 election.

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Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) on Wednesday apologized to House Republicans at a conference meeting on Capitol Hill after he plead guilty to cocaine possession and spent time in a rehabilitation facility.

"I'm thankful I had that opportunity, but I have a whole lot to do to make amends,” Radel told the Washington Post. "It felt good to talk with them. It felt good, it really did. I know there’s still a long way to go with my country and constituents, and especially with my family, but it felt good."

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