Michael DuHaime, a top political adviser to Governor Chris Christie, has been asked to furnish documents to a New Jersey legislative committee investigating intentional lane closings at the George Washington Bridge.
DuHaime is a Westfield-based partner in Mercury Public Affairs LLC, whose website describes him as lead strategist for Christie’s gubernatorial elections in 2013 and 2009.
A subpoena he received today from the Select Committee on Investigation, a 12-member bipartisan panel in Trenton, requests documents involving “abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power including, but not limited to, the reassignment of access lanes in Fort Lee, New Jersey, to the George Washington Bridge.”
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In a telephone interview, Marc Mukasey, an attorney representing DuHaime, confirmed receipt of the subpoena.
“He has not been asked to testify but to supply documents, which he will do, notwithstanding the fact that this is a ridiculous fishing expedition,” said Mukasey, a former federal prosecutor who works at New York-based law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. “Mike DuHaime has no knowledge of or involvement in the lane closures. There is nobody who contends that he did. This is a total waste of taxpayer money.”
Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Democrats who share chairmanship of the legislative committee, said in a statement that the subpoena is part of its “continued, bipartisan investigation.”
“The committee will follow the facts to get the truth so that the people of New Jersey get the answers they deserve,” the lawmakers said.
Lawmakers are investigating Christie’s ties to politically motivated traffic jams at the foot of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, whose mayor didn’t endorse the governor’s re-election, Christie, a 51-year-old Republican, has said he had no prior knowledge of his office’s involvement in shutting down lanes in September.
The committee has examined thousands of e-mails, text messages and memos among some Christie aides and allies, including staff members in the governor’s office and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge between Fort Lee and Manhattan.
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