N.J. lawmaker quits panel probing GWB lane closures

 N.J. Assemblywoman  Bonnie Watson Coleman. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

N.J. Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A New Jersey state lawmaker has withdrawn from a legislative committee that is investigating last year’s lane closures on an approach to the George Washington Bridge

Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman announced her decision late Friday, one day after she called on Gov. Chris Christie to resign during an interview on MSNBC. Her comments drew sharp criticism from several Republicans, who cited her statements as an example of “preconceived bias.”

During the MSNBC interview, Watson-Coleman called on the governor to consider resigning over his staff’s role in the controversy.

Christie has apologized for the lane closures and said he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by a former aide who called for the shutdown. But he’s also said he wasn’t involved in and had no knowledge of the lane closures beforehand.

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