Partisan tensions bubbling within legislative Bridgegate committee

TRENTON – A former Gov. Chris Christie staffer sat silent before a panel of lawmakers Tuesday as Democratic and Republican members of the joint legislative committee sparred on procedure and charges of a partisan investigation.

Republicans lawmakers, led first by Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13), petitioned the committee to issue subpoanes to additional members of the Port Authority. The matter was tabled and overruled by the Democratic-controlled committee.

Then, another GOP lawmaker, Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), made a motion to have the state Attorney General appoint a special prosecutor to investigate leaks of George Washington Bridge documents to the media. The matter was tabled and overruled by the Democratic-controlled committee.

“With all due respect, we want to get on to the witness,” said co-chairperson Loretta Weinberg (D-37).

“You have put your … issues before us in writing,” she said. “And I would like to move on. You have received all the documents that we have received.”

The brief spat highlighted the increasing tension along party lines as the committee continues its investigation into the administration and GOP legislators weigh their future involvement in the proceedings.

 

Partisan tensions bubbling within legislative Bridgegate committee