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Democrats Head to Court to Demand Key Bridgegate Documents

Investigators believe key emails and correspondence could help establish what the governor knew and when

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The Democrats who control a New Jersey legislative committee investigating the lane closures scandal are headed to court to demand documents that two key witnesses are refusing to turn over.

Attorneys filed suit in Mercer County Superior Court Wednesday to force Bridget Anne Kelly, Gov. Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Stepien, his former top political adviser, to provide correspondence and other documents that investigators believe could indicate what the governor knew -- and when.

The Legislature's Special Investigative Committee has issued 38 subpoenas as part of its ongoing investigation into an alleged political retaliation scheme involving the closure of lanes from the town of Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge. Emails already released as part of the investigation indicate that Kelly either ordered or passed along the orders to close the lanes, in a message that said "time for traffic problems in Fort Lee."

Stepien, who was the director of Christie's re-election campaign, sent emails demeaning the mayor of Fort Lee

Read the brief demanding Kelly's documents here, and the brief on Stepien here.

Matt Katz is a reporter for New Jersey Public Radio in collaboration with NJ Spotlight. NJPR is a division of WNYC.org.

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