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Bridgegate Expands To Include More Governor Chris Christie Staffers

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Records revealed in legal proceedings show that the scandal over illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge – aka Bridgegate – touched even more members of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s staff than previously thought. New emails show the Christie’s chief strategist, Michael DuHaime, was also included in communication related to the lane closures and how to manage the resulting controversy with the media.

The public revelation of the emails were due to a court case involving Governor Christie’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien who has invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid disclosing documents and testifying before the New Jersey legislature’s Special Investigative Committee. Stepien’s lawyer demanded the committee turn over evidence to the court. The emails proved Stepien was in the loop:

In one exchange on Sept. 12, during the lane closings, Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, e-mailed a letter from Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich to Stepien, to which he replied, “Thanks.”

On Oct. 1, Kevin Roberts, the Christie campaign spokesman at the time, and Stepien coordinated a response to questions from a Wall Street Journal reporter. “Coordinated with Drewniak on this, but heads up,” Roberts wrote to Stepien. “I’ll let you know when I hear back from him on the conversations on his side of things.” “Awesome,” Stepien replied.

Enter Mike DuHaime who, along with Stepien, was coordinating a media response with another Christie staffer, Matt Mowers, to a Wall Street Journal reporter asking questions about the lane closures.

Mowers wrote to both Stepien and DuHaime “Not sure how you are handling or wanted handled, I don’t plan to return his call on this unless you want me to.” After working for Governor Christie Mowers went on to become Chairman of the New Hamphire Republican Party, presumably to help setup a Christie’s presidential run.

DuHaime has said that so far he has not been subpoenaed.

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Dan Wright

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.

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