TRENTON – The other shoe fell.
Earlier last month, Assembly Transportation Chair John Wisniewski subpoenaed documents from several current and ex-Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials.
Then on New Year’s Eve, he subpoenaed the man at the heart of this labyrinth: former N.J. appointee David Wildstein, who quit after the Fort Lee lane closures turned into a fiasco that shows no signs of ending soon.
Wildstein, a former PolitickerNJ editor, has been summoned to answer questions next week about why those lanes were closed.
At earlier hearings, Authority officials said they were told by Wildstein this was being done and they were ordered not to discuss it with anyone.
Published reports linked Wildstein’s actions to political retaliation against the Fort Lee mayor for not endorsing Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election. Christie has adamantly denied any involvement in the Authority’s action.
Before Wildstein got served with paper, Wisniewski had said it was likely others might be summoned as well.
“All of the stories that have been told from all of the sources that we heard from, either from oral testimony or documents, do not match up, which means somebody or some bodies are not being as accurate in their statements as the others could be,” said Wisniewski, declining to discuss what he’s gleaned from the documents thus far.
Mayors were sworn in around the state to kick off the new year.
In Atlantic City, Republican Don Guardian took the oath, and will have his hands full contending with a revenue problem related to casinos winning tax appeals.
Over in Brick, Democrat John Ducey was sworn in, taking the reins in a town still reeling from Sandy and a ratables loss exceeding $534 million.
But politically maybe the most interesting scene on New Year’s Day was in East Orange, where two potential gubernatorial rivals – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop – both attended the swearing in of Mayor Lester Taylor.
In New Jersey, it seems as if it always is campaign season somewhere.