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Christie’s chief of staff ordered to appear

Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff has been ordered to appear before a legislative panel investigating lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

Lawmakers announced Wednesday that they have sent a subpoena to Kevin O’Dowd ordering him to appear before the panel on Monday.

The Democrat-led panel is looking into who in the Republican governor’s administration was involved in shutting down traffic lanes near the bridge last September.

Lawmakers will likely ask O’Dowd about a meeting where another staff member said he, O’Dowd and Christie spoke briefly about the scandal last December.

Christie’s spokesman Michael Drewniak said O’Dowd’s lawyer would be identified at Monday’s hearing.

Christie announced last year his intent to nominate O’Dowd to become state attorney general but he has not been nominated formally.

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