TRENTON – One of the Republican leaders in the Assembly registered displeasure Tuesday over the amount of time they will be given to go over the documents subpoenaed in the ongoing investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures.
Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana, (R-40), Wayne, criticized the situation in which he said they were informed by the Office of Legislative Services that they will have access to the documents on Wednesday at a to-be-determined time with the questioning of ex-Port Authority official David Wildstein set for Thursday.
“Allowing Republican committee members less than 24 hours to review more than 900 pages of information is a disservice to the bipartisan committee process,” Rumana said.
“Chairman (John) Wisniewski’s attempts to politicize the sharing of this information are offensive to the citizens of New Jersey.
“As chairman, he should be impartial and provide committee members, regardless of their political affiliation, a reasonable opportunity to view the documents he has had access to for weeks.
“Giving us a few hours to examine the documents certainly calls into question the fairness of the process.”
Wildstein is expected to appear Thursday before the Transportation Committee after being subpoenaed.
Other Authority officials told Wisniewski’s panel that Wildstein was the man behind a now-infamous decision to close lanes at Fort Lee.
Both Wildstein, a former PolitickerNJ editor, and former Sen. Bill Baroni have resigned from the Authority over the controversy.
Assembly Democrats’ spokesman Tom Hester said that “The documents are still being reviewed in totality and the Republicans will certainly get them with enough time to review before Thursday’s hearing.”
Hester added, “It’s too bad Assemblyman Rumana doesn’t have as much outrage about what happened with the lane closings as he does in his press release.’’