The traffic-causing closure of lanes to the George Washington Bridge — which some believe was political payback by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — is a "big deal" that may continue to haunt him, Newark Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine says.
Mulshine tells "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that Christie, who has denied knowing anything about the closure despite the resignation of two of his Port Authority allies, may the target of an ambitious investigator.
"It's a very big deal because John Wisniewski, the Assembly Transportation Committee chair, he's a pretty shark lawyer and he's got ambitions of moving up," Mulshine said.
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"So he could use this as a Watergate-style inquiry to make his name statewide, possibly run for governor next time around, that kind of thing. He's got subpoena power," the columnist said.
Mulshine said Wisniewski could compel Christie cronies Bill Baroni and David Wildstein — both who've resigned — to testify.
The closures in September, which lasted four days and caused massive traffic tie-ups in the Fort Lee, N.J., area, are said by some to have been ordered by Christie as payback for the refusal of Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolic to endorse his re-election.
"The mayor of Fort Lee used to be a Republican. He only recently converted to Democrat," Mulshine said.
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