N.J. traffic jam panel may issue more subpoenas

A New Jersey legislative committee investigating politically motivated traffic jams created by aides to Gov. Chris Christie is set to meet Tuesday to consider issuing more subpoenas.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who co-chairs the panel, says the eight Democrats and four Republicans will discuss whether to subpoena transcripts of interviews from Christie’s lawyers.

The lawyers hired by Christie interviewed 70 people and used those conversations to conclude that the Republican governor had no advance knowledge of the traffic-blocking scheme carried out to retaliate against a local mayor.

The legislative panel and U.S. attorney are conducting their own investigations into the lane closings that caused four days of gridlock in Fort Lee.

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The lane closing scandal has been a major distraction for Christie, who may run for president in 2016.

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