Document Release Could Shape GWB Scandal Case

NEWARK (AP) -

The expected release of thousands of documents by the law firm representing Gov. Chris Christie’s office could shape the criminal case against his two former allies who are charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher has until April 28 to comply with a subpoena filed by Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni that seeks documents including communications between Christie’s office and the Port Authority.

Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Baroni, a former Port Authority executive, face trial in September. They’re accused of closing the lanes to create traffic jams to punish a local Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie.

Baroni and Kelly have sought thousands of pages of documents that they say the governor’s office has claimed are privileged and off-limits but that could potentially provide a deeper understanding of who else knew.

In a letter to the judge last week, Gibson Dunn argued that Baroni and Kelly initially sought the same documents the firm provided to the government as part of a 2014 grand jury subpoena, then expanded that request to include “numerous additional demands far exceeding the scope of the … grand jury subpoenas.”