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'Bridgegate' Documents To Be Released Friday

State Assembly committee to release reams of emails, other communications.

Former Port Authority executive David Wildstein.
Former Port Authority executive David Wildstein.

Thousands of documents subpoenaed by a state Assembly committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal - known now as "Bridgegate" - are expected to be released Friday morning.

The documents, which include emails and other communications from former officials at the Port authority of New York and New Jersey, are now part of the public record after a committee hearing Thursday. They will be posted online, Assembly officials said.

Some of the emails, previously released Wednesday, showed exchanges between a top Port Authority executive with ties to Gov. Chris Christie and the governor’s now-fired deputy chief of staff, who joked about causing hours-long traffic jams in Fort Lee after several lanes of the George Washington Bridge were suddenly closed.

Christie, in a marathon press conference Thursday, apologized for the incident and said the emails showed a “callous indifference’’ that shocked him. Christie said he knew nothing about the lane closures until reports surfaced.

Christie fired the aide, Bridget Anne Kelley, calling her actions “stupid.’’

Later Thursday, David Wildstein, the former Port Authority executive who quit under mounting pressure over the Fort Lee incident, appeared before the state Assembly’s Transportation Public Works and Independent Authorities committee, which is investigating the lane closures, but refused to answer questions. Wildstein was held in contempt by a unanimous vote of the committee and cited with a misdemeanor charge.

Also, the State Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that an investigation will open to determine if any federal laws were broken.

Jack B Goode January 10, 2014 at 03:55 PM
I m tired of this already, what else do you have?
KC January 10, 2014 at 03:59 PM
He knew nothing until report surfaces, yet he tossed and turned for two nights.
YOSEMITE SAM January 10, 2014 at 05:04 PM
ALL THE DEMOCRAPS ARE RUNNING SCARED AND NOW SALIVATING; THE SCANK HILLARY IS A DOCUMENTED INCOMPEDENT MURDER OF AMERICANS IN BENGAHZI; THIS IS ALL A DEMOCRAP PLOY TO BURY BENGAHZI; WHICH WILL NOT GO AWAY; AND AS THE INVESTIGATION WILL SHOW CHRISTIE UNAWARE TILL KABOOM; LIKENESS TO WATERGATE EXCEPT CHRISTIE UNLIKE NIXON DID NOT COVER UP!!!!!!!!!!!
YOSEMITE SAM January 10, 2014 at 05:05 PM
SCREW ALL YOU DEMOCRAP BUTTHEADS..........
Lacey Res January 10, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Lacey tax collector should be investigated for its current tax Lien sale on January 17th. I tried to attend was told "there's to much paperwork" and "we have all the people we need". I called berkely they said just show up day before to register. Lacey tax collector gave notice to residents Dec 26th and closed application to attend Dec27th. They also are suppose to give 4 week notice in a print add, and then on the 5th week hold the sale. They are giving 3 week notice and holding it on 3rd week of notice. If people don't show the town will hold peoples back taxes at a default rate of 18% and be able to foreclose after 6 months if payment is not recieved, siezing land and property. We're as if a citizen pays the taxes they bid for an interest rate from 18% to 0%. And the resident/ land owner has 1 year to pay back the money.Seems to me Lacey has plan up its sleeve
Chuck Cumella January 10, 2014 at 06:47 PM
Leave Christi alone. Damn Obama lies so f'ing much even he doesn't know when he's telling the truth. If this was Obama it would have never hit the news. Christie for president !!!!!!
Chuck Cumella January 10, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Big deal. He closed a lane. Wa wa. Keep crying liberals. Kiss my a. Demarcate party stinks. Keep taking my money
Chuck Cumella January 10, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Dems sob
Project Bluebeam January 10, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Well the Patch has clearly demonstrated their liberal bias over the last 24 hours.
Patrick January 10, 2014 at 09:54 PM
reality does have a liberal bias...
Frank Schapitl January 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Months from now this will end up reuniting Christies political career. There's no way that girl caused all those problems Later on he will be thinking how things would have been if he had fessed up from the beginning
billy jones January 11, 2014 at 06:43 AM
Christie is a lying piece of trash.
stephaniebelcher January 11, 2014 at 09:29 AM
I don't care. If the patch wants a real story, how about digging into the corruption of Gloucester Township, or is liberal wrong doings off limits?
Denobin January 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM
The desperate, ignorant, blind defenses of Christie in these comments, along with the ugly language, is exactly why the do nothing, teabag conservatives are losing popular favor. All bluster, no substance. All you can do is whine and curse. Very productive. Congratulations on hitching your wagon to yet another falling star.
Blazing January 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Yeah, Denobin is right. Repubs. are whiny immature sore losers. Every comment I read is childish crap. "No substance" says it all.
Lacey Res January 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Christie is a liberal with an Elephant logo.
anonymous January 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Division will lead to our downfall. Try to think outside party-lines anonymous
MoCoDem January 11, 2014 at 03:30 PM
I just hope these investigations don't fade away, because there is something to all of this!!!! Mark my words !!!
JOSEPH G MATTERA January 11, 2014 at 05:38 PM
LEAVE US NOT FORGET BENGAHZI

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