Chris Christie Helicopter Rides Under Investigation

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Monday, 10 Feb 2014 07:43 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing yet another probe related to the bridge-gate scandal, the New York Post reports.

This one concerns helicopter rides the governor took while two of three access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were ordered closed, allegedly by David Wildstein, a Port Authority appointee and former Christie ally.

According to The Post, a New Jersey legislative committee is interested in Sept. 11 – in the midst of the Sept. 9-13 lanes closures — when Christie was aboard a flight on which Wildstein may have also been a passenger. The committee also wants to review records to see if Christie flew near Fort Lee while the lanes were closed, jamming traffic.

The committee, which meets today, wants to know about any conversations that day between Christie and Wildstein. Pictures of the men at the site of the World Trade Center for the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks have surfaced.

Christie spokesman Colin Reed told The Wall Street Journal last month that the governor attended the Sept. 11 ceremony, just as he has done every year since taking office.

"He had numerous interactions with public officials that morning, including representatives of the Port Authority," Reed said. "They were all there for one reason – to pay tribute to the heroes of 9/11."

The Post reports that sources in the governor’s office said Christie took a ferry to Ground Zero from Jersey City and flew back to Trenton, but that Wildstein was not on board.

Christie fired two top aides after it was revealed that the lane closures were ordered as payback for Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich’s refusal to endorse Christie's reelection bid. The traffic snarl occurred in Fort Lee. Christie has denied knowledge or involvement.

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