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GOP: Democrats’ Christie Probe Might Violate Law

chrisRepublicans lawmakers on Monday accused Democrats of unlawfully leaking documents during the legislative probe into the 2013 lane closures at the George Washington Bridge and cast the committee’s work as overtly political.

The four Republican members of the Democrat-led legislative panel probing GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s connection to the traffic jams unveiled their own 119-page report Monday, just before the panel approved releasing the group’s report to the public.

“Legislative Select Committee co-chairs John Wisniewski and Loretta Weinberg pushed the boundaries to advance their own political ambitions and what can be characterized as the dream agenda of national Democrats: to tarnish a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate,” the Republicans said.

Wisniewski and Weinberg were speaking with the media after Monday morning’s hearing.

Republicans say confidential documents and information was routinely leaked to the media and “destroyed the credibility of the committee and its ability to carry out fair proceedings.” Several media outlets, including The Associated Press, obtained the legislative committee’s report last week after it was released to lawmakers.

The GOP lawmakers said they are turning their report over to the state attorney general.

At the start of the hearing, Wisniewski called the 12-member committee’s interim report a “shining example” of legislative oversight.

That report says no evidence has been found showing Christie played a role in the scheme to close lanes or that he knew about it as it happened.

Supporters of the governor say the report clears him, while his opponents say it shows a lack of curiosity about how his administration is run.

It’s not likely to be the final word on the matter. The U.S. attorney also is conducting an investigation.


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