Chris Christie’s chief political strategist included in new Bridgegate documents

Gov. Chris Christie’s chief political strategist was included in discussions about the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy, according to newly released emails.

Mike DuHaime, who has previously escaped scrutiny as members of Christie’s administration have been hit with subpoenas, was forwarded on a December email from a campaign worker asking how to respond to a media inquiry.

According to the documents, Matt Mowers, who worked in the Statehouse before transferring to Christie’s re-election campaign, sent an email to DuHaime and former campaign manager Bill Stepien a month after the election.

Mowers sent the email after a Wall Street Journal reporter contacted him for comment on a story.

“Ted Mann from the WSJ just called asking about the GW Bridge because he had heard I was one of the individuals in the [governor’s] office who would talk to the mayor of Fort Lee,” Mowers wrote in an email to Stepien and Duhaime.

“I told him I would take down his number and get back to him later,” Mowers wrote. “Not sure how you are handing or what handled. I don’t plan to return his call on this unless you want me to.”

Mowers was working for the New Hampshire Republican Party at the time he sent the email to Stepien and DuHaime.

Chris Christie’s chief political strategist included in new Bridgegate documents