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NJ lawmakers refer silent official to prosecutor

1-13-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers want a prosecutor to consider contempt charges they leveled last week against a former appointee of Gov. Chris Christie who refused to answer questions about the closing of approach lanes on the George Washington ...

NJ mayor now says Christie team sought his support

1-13-14
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of the New Jersey city apparently targeted for political retribution by Gov. Chris Christie's administration is now saying he was asked if he would consider endorsing the governor for re-election. The mayor, Mark ...

Emails show Christie aides canceled meeting

1-13-14
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Documents released by town officials show that five high-ranking state officials and one from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey canceled meetings with a New Jersey city's new mayor last year and offered no ...

NJ lawmaker: Traffic plot was ‘an abuse of power’

1-13-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A high-ranking New Jersey Democrat says an investigation into massive local traffic jams that has ensnared Gov. Chris Christie's administration has grown into an abuse of power probe. Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald says ...

US probes NJ’s $25M post-storm marketing effort

1-13-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal officials are taking a closer look at how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration spent $25 million to promote the Jersey shore after Superstorm Sandy. Democratic U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.'s office says the ...

Partisans divided over scandal fallout for NJ gov

1-12-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Prominent Republicans are leaping to New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie's defense, insisting that a traffic scandal won't ruin his chances of running for president. New Jersey Democrats also took to the Sunday talk shows to ...

NJ mayor conflicted on Christie role in bridge jam

1-12-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Democratic mayor of a New Jersey town at the center of a traffic jam scandal says he wants to believe Republican Gov. Chris Christie had no involvement but is having a difficult time buying it. Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich ...

NJ Democratic lawmaker: Bridge scandal was a crime

1-12-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Democratic New Jersey lawmaker leading a state investigation into a traffic jam scandal that has ensnared Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration says private email exchanges show a crime was committed. Appearing ...

RNC chairman: Christie can still run for president

1-12-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) says a traffic jam scandal won't disqualify New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from running for president. Appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Priebus ...

Giuliani finds Christie ‘credible’ on bridge flap

1-12-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he finds it "pretty darn credible" that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn't know about an apparently politically motivated plan to create traffic jams near the George Washington ...