Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Democrats Confirm Who Got Subpoenas

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Democrats Confirm Who Got Subpoenas

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Assembly Democrats confirmed on Friday the names of 18 people with ties to Governor Christie who have been served with subpoenas as the legislative investigation into the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge continues.

The Assembly committee that formed and met on Thursday also subpoenaed the governor's office itself for documents, as well as the governor's 2013 campaign organization, Christie for Governor Inc., according to a spokesman for the Assembly Democrats.

Some of Christie's top aides in Trenton were included in this latest batch of subpoenas, which at this point are only for documents related to the lane closures. Subpoenas were served on Communications Director Maria Comella, spokesman Michael Drewniak and Chief of Staff Kevin O'Dowd, as well as fired aide Bridget Anne Kelly.

Incoming Chief of Staff Regina Egea and Chief Counsel Charles McKenna also received subpoenas, according to a list distributed by Tom Hester, a spokesman for the Assembly Democrats.

Christie aides Colin Reed, Christina Genovese Renna and Evan Ridley were also served subpoenas.

Also on the list were Christie's former campaign manager, Bill Stepien, and several other campaign officials. They include fundraiser Nicole Davidman Drewniak, the wife of Michael Drewniak, and Matt Mowers, the campaign's regional political director.

The super committee also subpoenaed Port Authority board Chairman David Samson and former Port Authority executives Bill Baroni and David Wildstein.

Both Baroni and Wildstein had already appeared before the Assembly transportation committee during its probe of the bridge lane controversy late last year.

A lawyer for Wildstein, who refused to testify before lawmakers last week, citing his constitutional right to not incriminate himself, said he could provide complete emails, texts and other messages related to the George Washington Bridge lane closures in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

"Based upon my many years of experience as an attorney, he would be in a position to shed significant light upon what had occurred," the lawyer, Alan Zegas, said. …

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