A handful of emails sent to or from Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign manager Bill Stepien and Christie’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, were released this afternoon in a court filing by a New Jersey legislative panel investigating a political payback scandal.
March 17, 2014 – Plaintiff’s Supplemental Brief
March 17, 2014 – Plaintiff’s Supplemental Certification
Sen. Loretta Weinberg says the emails involving Bill Stepien are being turned over to a judge who is considering whether to enforce a subpoena. But the legislature is also including additional emails sent to or from Kelly.
In its court filing, attorneys for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation say the emails show that both Stepien and Kelly were regularly kept in the loop about the September 2013 lane closures in Fort Lee.
It goes on to argue that reading the emails anyone can see that Stepien and Kelly probably have earlier emails that fill in the blanks about what was said before Bridget Kelly sent her “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email to Christie appointee David Wildstein. It was that email that apparently set in motion a plan to reduce the number of access lanes used by Fort Lee from three to one lanes.
Stepien and former Christie aide Bridget Kelly have asked a judge in Mercer County to quash the subpoenas.
The scandal has overshadowed Christie’s administration and raised questions about his viability as a 2016 presidential candidate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report