Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney to Wisniewski: Don’t play to the ‘the cheap seats’

TRENTON – The attorney representing fired Gov. Chris Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly had some stern words for the head of the joint legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy.

Michael Critchley, who was hired to represent Kelly, didn’t call Assemblyman John Wisniewki (D-19) out by name, but suggested Tuesday that any lawmaker who uses a position to gain statewide notoriety is playing to “the cheap seats.”

“I just want to say this, every politician, I guess, has an inherent right to play to the cheap seats and make any comment they want to make of the political nature,” Critchley said.

“But once you assume the duty and responsibility to be the participant of a legislative committee that’s undertaking a task as great as this, and then you assume the position not only as a member of the committee, you assume the position as chair,” he said. “You have a fiduciary responsibility to that committee – you are no longer a politician.”

Wisniewki later brushed off Critchley’s criticism.

“I don’t think any of the comments that I made or that any of the other committee members made have any substance with regard to the legal issues that were discussed here today in court,” he said.

Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney to Wisniewski: Don’t play to the ‘the cheap seats’