Rockefeller Delays Congressional Bridge-gate Probe

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 01:16 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Sen. John "Jay" Rockefeller of West Virginia is going to delay bridge-gate hearings until federal prosecutors complete their investigation, saying that at this point congressional hearings would come across as too political.

"I don't put us out of the game entirely," the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee told reporters Thursday, The Record reported. "I just don't think a hearing at this point — it would be seen as entirely political and my guess is we wouldn't get many answers."

The West Virginia Democrat sent a request to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in December asking the transportation department to investigate the closure of lanes going onto the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to New York in September.

It was revealed that the closure was spearheaded by a top aide in Gov. Chris Christie's administration as a political punishment against Ft. Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who refused to endorse the New Jersey governor for re-election.

After seeing the reports that were released Wednesday showing the involvement of Christie's deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, Rockefeller said that, "I think they got a big fat problem there."

He also added that he's not entirely convinced that Christie "didn't know about it."

However, Rockefeller said he will wait and see what the federal investigators, whom Christie invited to come to New Jersey, come up with before he proceeds.

"The federal prosecutors are not gentle," the West Virginia senator said. "So I reside my faith in them and will be watching closely."


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