It’s now up to a judge whether two key figures in a political payback scandal ensnaring Gov. Chris Christie’s administration will have to turn over private communications to New Jersey lawmakers investigating the case.
Fired Christie staffer Bridget Kelly and campaign manager Bill Stepien risk self-incrimination if they comply with the subpoenas for documents related to the traffic tie-ups at the George Washington Bridge, their lawyers told a county judge.
Lawyers for the legislative panel countered that any such documents deemed potentially incriminating should be argued on a case-by-case basis.
Kelly was mobbed by reporters as she arrived and left the courthouse. She appeared near tears as her lawyer said that she chose to be in court because the outcome is of great importance to the now-unemployed single mother of four. Stepien chose not to attend.