New Interviews, Subpoena In Christie Bridge Investigation

NEWARK (AP) -

Federal prosecutors investigating apparently politically motivated traffic lane closures crafted by aides to Gov. Chris Christie have been interviewing members of a town council and have issued a new subpoena.

The investigators talked to members of the Borough Council in Fort Lee, the town where traffic was gridlocked, and issued the subpoena to the Port Authority, which operates the region’s bridges and tunnels, in recent weeks.

The council interviews, which wrapped up last week, focused on conditions in Fort Lee during the week of Sept. 9, 2013, when local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were redirected, causing massive traffic problems for days.

Federal prosecutors also issued the new subpoena to the Port Authority, seeking evidence related to claims that members of the Christie administration may have engaged in retaliatory action against Jersey City’s Democratic mayor after he declined to endorse Christie for re-election.