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Hunter Walker

Hunter Walker is a national affairs reporter for TPM. He came to the site in 2013 from the New York Observer. He has also written for New York Magazine, Gawker, the Village Voice, Forbes, The Daily, and Deadspin. He can be reached at hunter@talkingpointsmemo.com

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As the investigation into his administration's role in last September's lane closures on the George Washington Bridge heats up, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is taking a fundraising trip to Florida.

The trip will include an event Saturday at the Country Club of Orlando to benefit Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). Tickets for the fundraiser, where Christie is billed as a "special guest" cost between $1,000 and $2,500.

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Todd Christie, the younger brother of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), has a lot to say about the ongoing scandal over last September's lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

In a series of updates posted on his personal Facebook page since Friday, Todd slammed reporters covering the story and defended his brother.

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New Jersey Gov. Christie's (R) office apparently thinks "left-wing blogs" are to blame for the competing theories about who and what was behind the decision to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September.

In a short statement to CNN on Tuesday, Christie spokesman Colin Reed blasted the theories, including those that posit the closures, which tied up traffic for days in Fort Lee, N.J., were to get revenge on rivals or possibly linked to a local real estate development.

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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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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.

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One of the top Democrats in New Jersey told TPM on Monday that it's "absolutely" possible a billion-dollar redevelopment project is at the root of the scandal that has consumed Gov. Chris Christie (R) in recent days.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D) said she hasn't dismissed the idea that the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September was retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., where traffic was gridlocked for days, for not endorsing Christie. However, she said she was open to a theory about the redevelopment project that was first offered by MSNBC host Steve Kornacki and former political reporter Brian Murphy on Sunday.

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Following the New Jersey Assembly's lead, the state Senate wants to get into the scandal investigation business, too.

New Jersey State Senate President Sean Sweeney (D) said Monday he wants to launch a special committee dedicated to examining September's lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Sweeney said he would call the Senate into session Thursday to establish the committee.

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