Following Christie comments, Watson Coleman steps down from Bridgegate investigative committee

After calling on Gov. Chris Christie to resign and getting a day’s worth of backlash from a rejuvenated GOP, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) relinquished her seat on the Legislative Select Committee examining Bridgegate.

“I have informed Speaker Prieto that I will no longer serve on the [committee],” said the CD12 congressional candidate. “I will remain focused on promoting and advancing Democratic legislation and causes.”

She threw an elbow on her way off the committee – at state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), the lone Republican senator on the select committee and his allies protecting his seat on the committee.

“Meanwhile, those who criticize me for speaking my mind should take a long hard look at their hypocrisy and lack of credibility,” she said. “Questioning my standing while keeping silent on the role one committee member – Sen. O’Toole – played in this situation, as it unfolded, is both inexcusable and dishonest.”

A close ally of officials who have since resigned from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a consequence of Bridgegate, email exchanges reveal O’Toole to have coordinated statements with those officials following a since-discredited presentation to the Assembly Transportation Committee by former Port Executive Director Bill Baroni.

Following Christie comments, Watson Coleman steps down from Bridgegate investigative committee