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Former aides ordered to appear in court

by The New York Times on February 21, 2014 10:35 AM

A judge in New Jersey has ordered two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie to appear in court to explain their refusal to turn over potential evidence to a legislative committee investigating the politically charged closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in September.

The legislative panel sued after the two aides — Bill Stepien, the governor’s two-time campaign manager, and Bridget Anne Kelly, the deputy chief of staff who sent an email calling for “traffic problems in Fort Lee” three weeks before the lanes were shut down, causing gridlock there — refused to comply with a subpoena seeking documents and electronic devices.

Lawyers for Kelly and Stepien have said the former aides are asserting their constitutional rights to privacy and against self-incrimination.

Christie fired Kelly and cut ties with Stepien in January, after documents revealed his office’s connection to the lane closings.

Judge Mary C. Jacobson of Superior Court in Mercer County, N.J., ordered Kelly and Stepien to appear in court on March 11.

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