Thursday, January 16, 2014

Christie Administration Lawyers Up; 20 Subpoenas to be Issued

Chris Christie's administration got outside legal help on Thursday as a special state legislative committee decided to issue 20 subpoenas to launch its formal investigation of a scandal over alleged political retribution by top aides to the New Jersey governor, reports CNN

The subpoenas for 17 individuals and three organizations seek documents for now, said Democratic Assemblyman John Wisnieswki, who chairs the panel.

Also today, the New Jersey Senate announced its own investigation in coordination with Wisniewski's panel.

The subpoena list includes Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly, as well as the governor's chief spokesman, Mike Drewniak, and Bill Stepien, a Christie political confidante who managed both his successful gubernatorial runs, according to two sources who spoke to CNN on condition of not being identified.

The Christie administration has retained Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as outside counsel.

According to CNN. Randy Mastro, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, will head up the legal team.

Mastro has experience in organized crime cases and led the federal racketeering lawsuit that forced the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to hold democratic elections and to undergo court supervision.

On the other side, the Democratic-led state Assembly panel investigating the scandal will be assisted by attorney Reid Schar, a key figure in the federal prosecution of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


  1. Wonder what else they'll find. Either way Fat Boy is dead meat.

  2. He should have played it safe and used the NJ Tax collector to go after his enemies.

  3. Its easy to "lawyer up" when you have an unlimited supply of tax-payer money.
    I hope that there is at least one decent tax-payer left in New Jersey that will scrutinize the Attorney billing once this all blows over. It will be a treasure trove of greed,graft, and corruption.

    1. the people of Fort Lee have to pay for his lawyers too?


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