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Christie: My office cooperatin­g with subpoena

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TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said that his office is cooperatin­g with a subpoena from federal authoritie­s investigat­ing whether any laws were broken when lanes near a New Jersey bridge were apparently closed for political retributio­n. The Republican governor also said in a radio interview as he took questions for the first time in more than three weeks that he may have heard about the traffic tie-ups in Fort Lee when they were going on last September, but that it didn’t register with him as a major issue if he did. He said that a news report several days after the lanes were reopened got his attention and that he asked staffers to look into it. The report indicated that the head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey did not authorize the closings. “Nobody has said I knew about this before it happened, and I think that’s the most important question,” Christie said in the appearance on his “Ask the Governor” radio show on Townsquare Media Monday night. It was the first time Christie took questions since a nearly two-hour news conference Jan. 9, the day after emails were made public showing that at least one of his top aides had a role in a traffic-blocking scheme near the George Washington Bridge. Meanwhile, Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, is invoking her right not to incriminat­e herself and refusing to cooperate with the subpoena. The lawyer for Kelly sent a letter Monday to the committee’s lawyer saying she would not comply because the informatio­n demanded “directly overlaps with a parallel federal grand jury investigat­ion.”

 ?? | MEL EVANS/AP ?? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits in the studio during his radio program, “Ask the Governor,” on Monday.
| MEL EVANS/AP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits in the studio during his radio program, “Ask the Governor,” on Monday.
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Bridget Kelly

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