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Everything you need to know about the the investigation into and legislation spawned by the closure of Fort Lee’s George Washingtong Bridge access lanes in September 2013.

Accusations, Infighting Flare Up at Bridgegate Meeting

December 8, 2014

The first meeting in five months of New Jersey lawmakers investigating the September 2013 closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge rapidly descended into animosity as both sides accused each other of abuses of power and improper conduct.


Bridgegate Committee Stops Short of Clearing Christie

December 5, 2014

A report prepared by the special counsel for the committee of the New Jersey Legislature that is investigating the abrupt local lane closures of the George Washington Bridge has stopped short of exonerating Republican Gov. Chris Christie of having any involvement in the affair.


NJ Port Authority Reform Bills Get Final Legislative OK

November 17, 2014

The New Jersey Assembly gave final legislative approval on Nov. 13 to measures aimed at reforming the operations of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the massive two-state agency that runs the George Washington Bridge and other Hudson River crossings, along with the area’s airports and seaports.


O’Dowd, Christie’s Chief of Staff, Leaves for Hospital Job

November 14, 2014

Kevin O’Dowd, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff, will not be the state’s next attorney general.


NJ Assembly Committee Advances Port Authority Reform Bills

October 27, 2014

New Jersey lawmakers have moved one step closer to enacting legislation aimed at reforming the operations of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the massive bistate agency that runs the George Washington Bridge and other Hudson River crossings, along with the area’s airports and seaports.


Sweeping Port Authority Reform Legislation Introduced

October 24, 2014

One of the New Jersey lawmakers leading the investigation into the September 2013 closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge has introduced legislation aimed at reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


AT&T Gives Christie Aide’s Phone Records to Bridgegate Committee

September 9, 2014

Telecommunications company AT&T has at least partially complied with a subpoena from the committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall’s closure of local access to the George Washington Bridge demanding records from the state-issued cellphone of one of Gov. Chris Christie’s key aides.


Enforceability of Bridgegate Cellphone Subpoena Unclear

September 2, 2014

Lawyers representing the committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last September’s closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were to spend Tuesday huddling with lawyers for AT&T to discuss whether the telecommunications company would comply with the committee’s request for cellphone records of Regina Egea, the chief of the Authorities Unit in the administration of Gov. Chris Christie.


O’Dowd’s Future as Attorney General Now Uncertain

August 21, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said on numerous occasions that he wants his chief of staff, Kevin O’Dowd, to be the state’s next attorney general, but it now appears uncertain whether O’Dowd will step into that role in the near future.


Judge Consolidates Two Bridgegate Class Actions

August 19, 2014

A Newark federal judge has consolidated two class actions against the state by individuals and businesses seeking compensation for traffic delays related to the Bridgegate scandal.


Judge Recuses From Bridgegate Putative Class Action

August 13, 2014

The judge in a would-be class action brought by motorists allegedly caught in the traffic jam caused by the Bridgegate lane closures has taken himself off the case.


Legislators Spar Over Future of Bridgegate Investigation

August 8, 2014

With more than three weeks having passed since its last meeting and with at least a month to go before its next, questions are starting to arise over whether the New Jersey legislative committee investigating last September’s closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge continues to have any relevance and, if it does, whether it needs to shift its focus.


Bridgegate Committee Cooperating with Federal Investigators

July 17, 2014

The committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall’s closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge doesn’t call any witness to give testimony without first checking with federal prosecutors.


Christie’s Next Chief of Staff Gets Bridgegate Subpoena

July 1, 2014

The committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall’s abrupt lane closures of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge has subpoenaed Gov. Chris Christie’s choice to be his next chief of staff, Regina Egea, to testify before the committee July 17.


Judge Invites Scrutiny of Gibbons Ties in Port Authority Case

June 4, 2014

A federal judge has invited parties in four cases against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that are pending before him to weigh in on whether he should hand them off to another judge because he provided legal services for the agency as a partner at Gibbons before he went on the bench.


Christie Chief of Staff O’Dowd Called By Bridgegate Committee To Testify

June 4, 2014

Kevin O’Dowd, Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff, has been subpoenaed by the N.J. legislative committee investigating last fall’s closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.


Port Authority Commissioner Admits Shying Away From Bridgegate Probe

June 3, 2014

William “Pat” Schuber, a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, testified Tuesday that he did not inquire into last fall’s suspect George Washington Bridge access lane closures because he wanted to avoid political infighting.


Former Christie Official ‘Dumbfounded’ at Retaliation Against Fort Lee Mayor

May 20, 2014

A former member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, who unsuccessfully sought Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich’s endorsement of Christie’s reelection bid, told a legislative committee investigating last fall’s closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge that he was “dumbfounded” that anyone would retaliate against Sokolich in such a way for his decision.


No Limit on Gibson Dunn’s Bills for Bridgegate Work, State A.G. Says

May 13, 2014

The $1.1 million in fees that Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher billed to New Jersey for the firm’s Bridgegate investigation may be just the first installment, acting state Attorney General John Hoffman told legislators at a hearing on Monday.


Christie Media Spokesman Claims ‘Betrayal’ by Bridgegate Schemers

May 13, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie’s chief spokesman told a New Jersey legislative committee that he had no role in or prior knowledge of what he called the “strange, unusual and idiotic” episode called Bridgegate.


Former Aide Says Bridget Kelly Was ‘Nervous and Erratic’ on Bridgegate

May 6, 2014

A former member of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration gave testimony Tuesday that painted an unflattering portrait of his fired deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, who allegedly initiated last fall’s closures of George Washington Bridge local access lanes.


Bridgegate Panel Subpoenas Four, Including Christie’s Spokesperson

April 22, 2014

Four witnesses were subpoenaed Tuesday by the New Jersey Legislature committee investigating last fall’s closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee.


Gibson Dunn Witness Interviews in Bridgegate Probe Are Made Public

April 14, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has publicly released summaries of its interviews of 75 witnesses as part of its investigation of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration’s potential involvement in the Bridgegate affair.


New Jersey A.G. Defends Hiring of Gibson Dunn at ‘Discounted’ Rates

April 8, 2014

At a budget hearing on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie’s attorney general defended the hiring of outside counsel to conduct an internal investigation of the administration’s potential involvement in the Bridgegate scandal.


Bridgegate Panel Vows To Continue Probing as Grand Jury Investigates

April 8, 2014

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation made clear Tuesday that it will push on with its task even as a federal grand jury looks into the Bridgegate scandal.


Samson Steps Down as Head of Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J.


March 28, 2014

David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who came under scrutiny amid the Bridgegate investigations, resigned on Friday afternoon.


Christie Blameless for Lane Closings, His Lawyers Say After Investigation

March 28, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, the firm N.J. Gov. Chris Christie tasked with investigating his administration’s possible complicity in the Bridgegate scandal, issued a 360-page report Thursday that cleared the governor’s office and laid blame squarely on a former aide and a Port Authority staffer.


Gibson Dunn Probe Shows It’s Tough To Investigate a Client, Lawyers Say

March 26, 2014

New Jersey lawyers who make a specialty of internal investigations for corporations or public entities say allegations of conflicts of interest are par for the course.


Lawyers Dispute Bridgegate Panel’s Asserted Lack of Immunity Power

March 21, 2014

Lawyers for central figures in the Bridgegate scandal who are refusing to comply with document subpoenas say the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation has the power both to punish them for contempt and to grant them immunity.


Bridgegate Committee Says It Lacks Power of Immunity for Subpoenas

March 17, 2014

Counsel for the Bridgegate investigative committee told a state judge on Monday that it has no statutory power to grant immunity to witnesses Bridget Kelly or Bill Stepien if they should comply with its subpoenas for documents.


Immunity Questions Postpone Ruling On Bridgegate Subpoena Compliance

March 11, 2014

After a three-hour hearing Tuesday, a New Jersey judge reserved decision on the right of former confidantes of Gov. Chris Christie to take the Fifth Amendment against subpoenas from the Bridgegate investigative committee.


Christie Campaign Manager Fights Bridgegate Committee’s Subpoena

March 3, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, is asking a New Jersey judge to quash a documents subpoena from the legislative committee investigating last September’s closure of George Washington Bridge access lanes.


Unredacted Transcripts of Emails Shine Further Light on Bridgegate

February 28, 2014

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation has released further transcripts of email exchanges among officials involved in last September’s closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.


Bridgegate Committee Files Suit To Enforce Document Subpoenas

February 19, 2014

A New Jersey legislative committee filed court papers Wednesday to compel compliance with its subpoenas by two figures implicated in last September’s closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.


Kelly, Stepien Will Continue To Defy Bridgegate Subpoenas, Counsel Say

February 18, 2014

Two subjects of the investigation into last September’s abrupt closing of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge are persisting in their refusal to comply with document subpoenas from a special committee of the New Jersey Legislature.


Christie Campaign Gets Green Light To Use Election Funds for Legal Fees

February 11, 2014

New Jersey election law regulators say Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign committee can use unspent funds—and raise more—to pay its legal fees and expenses to comply with document subpoenas in the investigation of last fall’s George Washington Bridge access lane closures that crippled traffic.


Christie Campaign Bridgegate Counsel Seeks To Tap Leftover Election Fund

February 10, 2014

The Patton Boggs lawyer retained by Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign committee to respond to subpoenas in the unfolding scandal over George Washington Bridge lane closures last fall is asking permission to access unused campaign funds to pay the firm’s fees.


Patton Boggs Hired in Bridgegate by Christie Campaign, New Jersey GOP

January 23, 2014

The investigation into George Washington Bridge lane closures last fall has Gov. Chris Christie’s administration scrambling for counsel — and Big Law is benefiting from the demand.


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Added as Christie’s Counsel in Bridgegate

January 17, 2014

Randy Mastro, a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner and former New York City deputy mayor, has been hired to advise New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in connection with the ongoing fallout from last fall’s closing of toll lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge.


Subpoenas Fly, Special Panels Form As Bridgegate Investigations Widen

January 17, 2014

The investigation into the who and why of last fall’s George Washington Bridge gridlock is in high gear with the issuance of new subpoenas, the hiring of counsel and the formation of special legislative committees.


Class Actions Mount Over Damages From Bridge Lane Closure Gridlock

January 15, 2014

Following the scandal over the closure of New Jersey’s Fort Lee access lanes orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie’s aides and appointees last September, people and businesses are lodging class-action suits, claiming they were damaged by the gridlock.


N.J. Gov. Fires Aide Involved in Bridge Scandal as U.S. Probe Begins

January 9, 2014

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie lets go of a key adviser as a federal investigation looms over his administration’s ordering of lane closures that crippled traffic on the George Washington Bridge last September, allegedly as an act of political retribution.