N.J. Lawmaker: No, ‘Democratic Power Brokers’ Aren’t Messing With Bridge Investigation


Longtime New Jersey lawmaker Richard Codey said Monday that certain “Democratic power brokers” are making an effort to derail the investigation into lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, but one of his colleagues hasn’t felt any such pressure.

Democrat Vincent Prieto, the incoming speaker of the state Assembly, told the Star-Ledger that no one has told him to back off the investigation. A spokesman for Democrats in the Assembly also said he isn’t aware of any effort to quash the bridge probe.

“It was never asked or even somewhat insinuated,” Prieto said. “Zero.”

Codey, a state senator who served as governor of New Jersey for 14 months following the resignation of James McGreevey in 2004, said Monday that “Democratic power brokers” who help deliver votes for Gov. Chris Christie (R) are “are still trying to interrupt this investigation.”

“So there’s a movement afoot, there has been for a while, to stop this whole thing and stop it cold,” Codey said during an appearance on MSNBC.

He reiterated that assertion in an interview with the Star-Ledger, but did not provide any names. Codey has not responded to TPM’s request for comment.