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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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People close to Gov. Chris Christie (R) swear he had nothing to do with a heavily mocked memo that was circulated by his office about the bridge scandal.

A report in Politico on Friday claimed Christie had no knowledge of the memo, which attempted to discredit David Wildstein, a former ally who has said through his lawyer that he is prepared to turn over evidence against the governor.

The report, which was attributed to "two people familiar with the matter," said the widely -criticized memo was sent "earlier than planned" and included lines referencing Wildstein's behavior in high school that were "tucked" in by "someone."

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Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich told the Bergen Record Thursday that Gov. Chris Christie (R) made an extensive push to get his endorsement including lunch at the governor's mansion and favors from officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Sokolich is a central figure into the investigation into September's lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, which some Democrats have alleged were ordered because Sokolich declined to endorse Christie's re-election bid. The lane closures led to days of gridlock in Fort Lee.

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A town hall meeting with Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) took a bizarre turn recently when a woman in the audience declared that President Obama "should be executed as an enemy combatant" and the congressman kept speaking cordially with her.

Bridenstine issued a statement on Thursday denouncing the remark, but that wasn't until eight days after someone posted a video of the town hall online.

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One of the lawmakers leading the investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told TPM on Thursday he's seen some "interesting things" in the latest round of subpoenaed documents, though he cautioned they "may or may not mean something."

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) told TPM that members of the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal were allowed to begin looking at the documents on Thursday, just a few days after the people who were subpoenaed started handing them over.

The documents are being kept in a locked room on the third floor of the State House Annex in Trenton, N.J. While many more documents are expected to be turned over soon, lawmakers on the committee have already begun combing through what they have.

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The New Jersey lawmaker leading the investigation into Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration told TPM on Thursday he has no plans to turn his attention to explosive allegations raised recently by the mayor of Hoboken.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) said in an interview with TPM that his committee's investigation into Christie's office will remain focused, at least for now, on what it has been all along: the September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. The committee plans to "finish its work" on the bridge before moving on to anything else, he said.

"As I can see it now, there's no direct connection to the work we're doing that stems out of the GWB incident and that Hoboken incident," Wisniewski said. "It is very unlikely that the committee will make any kind of pivot to that issue while we're still working on where the GWB issue takes us."

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Records obtained by TPM show George Washington Bridge traffic was a major factor in recent years as local officials and developers discussed a billion-dollar real estate project in Fort Lee, N.J.

In recent weeks, some have wondered whether the project was somehow linked to lane closures on the bridge in September, which snarled traffic for days in Fort Lee and have sparked multiple investigations into the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

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