Assemblyman Jon Bramnick told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the Republicans do not want to block an investigation into Gov. Chris Christie and his administration for the GWB lane closures, they want to be a part of the process.
“All of us want to get to the bottom of this. These emails and text messages were horrific. We all agree that we should investigate this and actually the Assembly members, all of us, the Republicans voted to authorize a committee to do its work,” Bramnick said.
Bramnick said that Republicans want to be a part of the discussions, have access to the same paperwork, help decide who the lawyers are going to be and help decide who will be subpoenaed.
He said that in the past, Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski would receive materials and documents and hold them for a week to 10 days before distributing them to the members. Also, an attorney was hired without any of the members knowing, so that is not being bipartisan, according to Bramnick.
“I said to Wisniewski today, we are willing to do some fact finding, just let us be part of the process. We don’t want to block an investigation, we want to get down to business,” Bramnick said.
There is going to be an authorization voted on Monday that would permit the Republicans to have some input, Bramnick said. He said that he suspects that it will be supported by the Republicans because they want an investigation to continue.
“We are just saying at the end of the day when this committee has these findings, myself, Wisniewski, Sen. Kean, Sen. Sweeney and Sen. Weinberg, we should say we did this together. That’s what New Jersey wants, they want a bipartisan, fair investigation. Let’s get to the facts,” Bramnick said.
Bramnick said he is happy about the U.S. Attorney doing a preliminary vote because it will move more quickly than a legislative panel would.
“I have incredible confidence in Christie and his leadership in the state has been terrific. I believe the governor,” Bramnick said. He said that he has no reason not to believe Christie.
“I have never seen anyone in my 11 years in Trenton come down and make substantial changes and get bipartisan support. I’ve been a big fan of the governor and what he has done and I hope it continues,” Bramnick said.