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The Democrat in Christie's Cabinet at Center of Bridgegate and Chairman's Flight Intrigue

Jamie Fox is a Democrat with Republican friends, a cabinet member in the Christie Administration who worked for three out of the last four Democratic governors, an operative who has survived in New Jersey politics through relationships, smarts and a reputation for toughness.

Now, he is linked to the two most notorious scandals to hit Gov. Chris Christie: Bridgegate and the Chairman's Flight.

Fox tried to influence Democrats in the Legislature to back off from its investigation of the mysterious lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in the fall of 2013, according to multiple sources from the Legislature and Port Authority. And he expressed anger that the investigation persisted even after Port Authority deputy executive director, Bill Baroni, testified to the Assembly Transportation Committee that the lane closures were part of a traffic study. Baroni's testimony was discredited shortly afterward when the "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email was released.

Read the full report on WNYC/New Jersey Public Radio, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

Matt Katz is a reporter for New Jersey Public Radio/WNYC covering state politics. NJ Spotlight, in partnership with NJPR, is hosting his blog and running in-depth stories.

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