Former Christie campaign staffer to go before Bridgegate committee Tuesday

A former Gov. Chris Christie campaign staffer is scheduled to appear before the joint legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures Tuesday.

Matt Mowers, the former Christie campaign staffer who reportedly approached Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich to endorse the governor during his re-election bid, is slated to appear before the committee at 10 a.m.

Mowers, who has served as the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party since November, was issued a subpoena to testify late last month.

The legislative committee already heard testimony from Christie’s chief spokesman, Michael Drewniak, and a former staffer, Christina Renna, in recent weeks.

Among the questions lawmakers are expected to ask the former staffer are details about his discussions with Sokolich, as well as Christie’s chief political strategist’s role – if any – with the incident and subsequent fallout.

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, 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.”

DuHaime has since been subpoenaed by the committee.

Former Christie campaign staffer to go before Bridgegate committee Tuesday