NJ Dems React to Bridgegate Report [AUDIO]
The attorney leading the Christie administration's internal investigation into Bridgegate has formally released a report claiming Gov. Chris Christie did nothing wrong. However, the Democratic co-chairs of the Select Committee on Investigation, the legislative panel probing the scandal, are not at all convinced.
"I describe this as the million dollar report to prove that the dog really ate my homework," said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck). "I can't go along with any kind of a conclusion until I have the answers to all the questions."
The administration's internal investigation and the report did not include interviews with central figures in the controversy: former Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly, Christie's two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien and former Port Authority official David Wildstein.
Kelly was fired after Christie learned of her now infamous "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email. The governor also cut ties with Stepien after his involvement in the scandal became clear. Wildstein, the recipient of Kelly's email, resigned.
A judge is expected to rule very soon if Kelly and Stepien must turn over subpoenaed documents to the SCI. Both argue doing so would violate their constitutional rights against self-incrimination. If Weinberg's committee doesn't get those documents and doesn't interview Kelly or Stepien, why should the public believe the panel can reveal anything more than Christie's internal probe?
"They'll have to wait and see as we wait and see what we get more than this," Weinberg responded. "The public will believe whatever it is we come out with, or choose not to believe it."
In a teleconference call with reporters, SCI co-chairman, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) said the report reads, "more like a novel than a work of fact."