Sweeney expresses “confidence” in Bridgegate grand jury

NEWARK – State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) stated that he was convinced that the grand jury convened to investigate the involvement of Governor Chris Christie’s office in the George Washington Bridge scandal, a.k.a. Bridgegate, would be effective in seeking the truth.

“I have a great deal of confidence in [U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey] Paul Fishman. He’s not making headlines – he’s just doing his job,” Sweeney said. 

ABC News reported on Friday that the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey has convened a grand jury to investigate the bridge scandal. 

“The grand jury and the U.S. Attorney’s office is going to investigate everything. Those are government agencies that have the authority to bring people in and force testimony if required,” Sweeney added. “When people aren’t being honest with the grand jury, it’s called perjury. We will get to the bottom of it.” 

When asked if the grand jury could supersede the authority of the state Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, which is investigating the bridge incident, Sweeney was circumspect. 

“I don’t what [the grand jury] does to that committee right now,” said Sweeney in reference to the legislative group, which is co-chaired by state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and state Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19). “That’s a discussion [for] leaders in both houses.”  Sweeney expresses “confidence” in Bridgegate grand jury