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Chris Christie’s chief of staff denies knowing about suspicious bridge lane closures

By Daniel Kelley TRENTON N.J. (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s chief of staff testified on Monday he had no knowledge of the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last fall that caused huge traffic jams and set off what has been dubbed the Bridgegate scandal.…

Chris Christie to reduce NJ public workers’ pension payments to stem state budget gap

Chris Christie to reduce pension payments to fill $800M NJ budget gap (via NJ.com) TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie today announced plans to reduce two key payments scheduled for the state’s pension system for public workers — an emergency move that could trigger lawsuits and further downgrades of the state’s…

Patrick Stewart’s Twitter joke adds to mockery of Chris Christie over bridge scandal

Another celebrity takes off on Bridgegate (via NJ.com) First Stewie and Peter Griffin and now Captain Jean-Luc Picard (or Professor X, depending on what sci-fi generation you’re in). Sir Patrick Stewart, who played both the captain of the Starship Enterprise and the paraplegic leader of the X-Men, is the…  …

Top aide to Chris Christie called to testify in ‘Bridgegate’ probe

A top spokesman for Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is scheduled to testify in Trenton on Tuesday about a scheme to create traffic gridlock at the George Washington Bridge last year, apparently as political payback. Michael Drewniak, Christie’s press secretary, and Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority…

NJ lawmakers set to hear from Chris Christie spokesperson on bridge closings

Bridge scandal committee set to hear from Christie’s chief spokesman (via NJ.com) Testimony on the George Washington Bridge controversy will continue Tuesday with the appearance of administration chief spokesman Michael Drewniak before the state Legislature’s joint investigative committee. Drewniak, who has served in administration…  …

Chris Christie left off of ‘Time’ magazine’s ’100 Most Interesting’ list

Christie left off this year’s Time 100 (via NJ.com) While there’s no question Gov. Chris Christie remains among the country’s most interesting politicians, with his national profile and potential to run for the presidency, it seems he’s fallen a few notches, at least in the eyes of one group that’s…

Chris Christie won’t say whether he’d testify in George Washington Bridge closure probe

Chris Christie won’t say whether he’d testify in NJ bridge scandal probe (via NJ.com) TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie tonight said he has not been issued a subpoena by federal prosecutors investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal. At the same time, he would not say whether he would testify if…

In response to bridge investigation, Christie names Seton Hall dean as ombudsman

In response to bridge scandal review, Christie names Seton Hall dean as ombudsman (via NJ.com) TRENTON — In response to the internal review of his office commissioned in the wake of the September lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, Gov. Chris Christie today appointed Seton Hall University Dean Patrick…

Chris Christie calls for unlimited campaign donations: ‘Let’s stop playing games’

Chris Christie calls for unlimited campaign donations with 48-hour reporting period (via NJ.com) FRANKLIN — Gov. Chris Christie today called for the U.S. to allow for unlimited donations to political campaigns, followed by a 48-hour period where the donors must disclose their contributions. “If somebody wants to write me a…

Chris Christie’s friend interviewed him as part of bridge scandal review

Friend of Chris Christie conducted interview in bridge scandal review (via NJ.com) TRENTON — A close friend to Gov. Chris Christie, Debra Wong Yang, was one of three attorneys who interviewed the governor as part of the taxpayer-funded internal review that he ordered in the wake of the September lane…

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