New Jersey lawmakers hope testimony from one of Gov. Chris Christie’s aides this week gives them insight into the relationship between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the offices of the governors of the two states.
Christie aide Regina Egea is scheduled to appear Thursday, July 17 before the committee investigating last year’s shutdown of lanes near the George Washington Bridge. Egea serves as Director of the Authorities Unit in the Governor’s office.
Committee co-chairwoman state Sen. Loretta Weinberg says the committee still has unanswered questions about what happened and is trying to assess whether the Port Authority has the appropriate amount of independence from politicians.
Christie is scheduled to be in Iowa attending other political events that day. He has criticized past hearings on the bridge issue as political efforts that have not provided new information.
Hearing schedule (via committee calendar):
New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on InvestigationThursday, July 17, 2014 – 10:00 AMMeeting – Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, N.J.
The committee has subpoenaed Regina Egea to testify before the committee concerning the committee’s investigation into all aspects of the finances, operations, and management of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and any other matter raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power, including, but not limited to, the reassignment of access lanes in Fort Lee, New Jersey to the George Washington Bridge.