New Jersey Creates Select Committee on Investigation to Investigate Gov. Chris Christie
January 19, 2014 • 9:52AM

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the State Assembly of New Jersey passed Assembly Resolution No. 10 constituting a Select Committee on Investigation comprising 12 members to investigate "all aspects of the finances, operations, and management of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and any other matters raising concerns about 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." The resolution gives the committee the power to issue subpoenas to compel attendance and testimony of persons and production of books, papers, correspondence, other documents and materials, and electronic records and data, to hold hearings, to hold the Port Authority in contempt of the committee, to avail itself of the services of special counsel, etc. The resolution does not expire until January 12, 2016.

On Friday, Jan. 17, the committee served subpoenas to more than a dozen people with ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. A number of current Christie staff members were asked to produce materials. Three organizations, including Christie's gubernatorial office and his reelection campaign, were on the list as well.

It was also announced that a former Federal prosecutor, Reid Schar, who led the case against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been named as special counsel.

The state Senate has also created a committee and expects to issue more subpoenas next week.