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Christie's office, inner circle targeted in latest round of GWB scandal subpoenas

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Port Authority Chairman David Samson is among those who have been subpoenaed as part of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Assembly Democrats have confirmed.
Port Authority Chairman David Samson is among those who have been subpoenaed as part of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Assembly Democrats have confirmed.

Several members of Gov. Chris Christie's inner circle are among those who have been served with subpoenas as part of the ongoing investigation into the widening George Washington Bridge scandal.

As of Friday afternoon, Assembly Democrats confirmed that subpoenas had been issued to Port Authority Chairman David Samson, former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien, incoming Chief of Staff Regina Egea, Attorney General pick Kevin O'Dowd, chief counsel Charles McKenna, press secretaries Michael Drewniak and Colin Reed and aides Evan Ridley, Christina Genovese Renna and Maria Comella.

Two former Christie appointees at the Port Authority, Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, were also served with subpoenas. Both resigned from their posts last month as the controversy brewed.

In addition to the individual subpoenas, another was issued to the Office of the Governor.

More subpoenas will be announced when they have been served.

The subpoenas state that any documented evidence relevant to the "investigation into all aspects of the finances, operations, and management" of the Port Authority, "including, but not limited to" the closure of the lanes, be turned over to the Office of Legislative Services by 5 p.m. on Feb 3.

The scope of the subpoenas is written to include documents relevant to "any other matter raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power."

On Thursday, both houses of the state Legislature voted to create two separate investigatory committees into the matter. Both have subpoena powers and access to special counsel.

Though state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), chair of the of the Senate panel, said Thursday that her committee had planned to issue subpoenas to Egea, Samson and Port Authority commissioner Pat Schuber, the Assembly committee remained mum on who their list might include but chair John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) did indicate that as many as 20 subpoenas would go out.

Of those 20, three are expected to be sent to groups, not individuals.

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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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