Federal investigators probing the closing of commuter lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 have subpoenaed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign for documents regarding government meetings allegedly cancelled with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop after he declined to endorse the Republican governor, according to reports.
The subpoenas, sent by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, are the latest signs of life from a federal investigation that began shortly after it was discovered that a so-called traffic study at the mouth of the bridge may have been politically motivated. According to the Wall Street Journal‘s report, they are also another sign that the yearlong probe into former allies of Christie, five of which have resigned from their jobs under pressure by the investigations, has broadened beyond matters directly related to the initial GWB lane closures.
The subpoenas focus on meetings set up by Fulop’s office and senior Christie cabinet members in 2013. Fulop, the city’s newly-elected Democratic mayor, last January alleged the Republican’s administration cancelled those meetings within days of each other after he indicated he wouldn’t endorse the governor for re-election.
The Christie administration accused Fulop, a prospective 2017 gubernatorial contender, at the time of being partisan and prioritizing his own political agenda.
Christie’s office has yet to respond to the subpoenas.