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U.S. Attorney's Office subpoenas Christie campaign, state Republican committee

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Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the state of New Jersey.
Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the state of New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee have each received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney's Office for documents related to lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, the attorney representing both organizations has confirmed.

Patton Boggs attorney Mark Sheridan confirmed that his firm has been retained by the campaign and state party. He also confirmed the receipt of the subpoenas this afternoon in the following emailed statement to NJBIZ.

"We can confirm that the Christie for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee received subpoenas for documents from the U.S. Attorney's office, in addition to the subpoena the campaign previously received from the state legislative committee. All three subpoenas focus on the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge. The campaign and the state party intend to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the state legislative committee and will respond to the subpoenas accordingly."

A spokesperson at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark could "neither confirm nor deny taking specific investigative actions" this afternoon.

Though the U.S. Attorney's Office had reportedly been inquiring into the matter, the subpoenas mark the beginning of a federal investigation into the lane closures.

All previous subpoenas issued to members of Christie's inner circle and cabinet have come from the legislative committees.

According to Sheridan's bio on the firm's website, he serves as general counsel for the state Republican committee, representing the state party as a whole, as well as the political committees of Republican legislative leadership in matters pertaining to campaign finance and election law litigation.

Sheridan also served as a member of Christie's transition team, according to the website.

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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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