NEWARK – U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman laughed and exclaimed “So close!” when asked by a member of the press about the ongoing federal investigation into the September 2013 George Washington Bridge access lane closure incident, a.k.a. the Bridgegate scandal, at a Tuesday press conference in downtown Newark. Then Fishman soberly addressed the progress his office has made.
“I never make predictions about how long investigations can or should take,” said Fishman following the announcement that the Newark Police Department will be placed under the oversight of a federal monitor after a three-year federal investigation revealed significant civil rights violations by New Jersey’s largest police department. “But I will say that there is a lesson from this…thorough, complete investigations take time. They have to be done right, they have to be done thoroughly. And that’s all I’ll say about that.”
Last week, Fishman publicly stated that recent published reports that his office was close to returning indictments in the Bridgegate matter were “almost entirely incorrect.”