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Poll: Naming Bridgegate’s Unindicted Co-Conspirators -- Go for It or Get Over It?

Is there anyone in New Jersey who really doesn’t care if Christie knew about the infamous Fort Lee traffic tie-up?

Any minute now, New Jerseyans could learn the names of the "unindicted co-conspirators" involved in the Bridgegate scandal.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan D. Wigenton ruled in favor of several news media groups who had sought the names of all those linked to the U.S. attorney 's investigation into the politically motivated September 2013 closure of George Washington Bridge access lanes.

U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman charged a Christie staffer and two allies last year with criminal conspiracy and fraud charges over the incident, which he found was spurred by a desire to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie's gubernatorial reelection. He found there were a number of others who knew about the closures but did not charge them and would not publicly release their names.

Wigenton wrote that the names should be made public, citing a prior case brought by Christie when he was New Jersey’s U.S. attorney in which it was ruled that public officials cannot claim a right to privacy in regards to their performance of their duties. Fishman's office said it would comply with the order and release the names by noon Friday.

Was the judge correct in ordering the release of the names of the unindicted co-conspirators?

  • Yes, the law is clear that these names can always be released. It was wrong for the U.S. attorney to try to shield these people; he should have released them from the start. Transparency outweighs privacy interests.

  • Yes, this information is very important. It may finally answer the question of what Christie and other aides knew and when they knew it. That's something New Jersey citizens should have been told from the beginning.

  • No, the U.S. attorney knows best. Privacy interests should be respected for people who aren't charged. People who are not being held legally culpable should not be dragged through the mud.

  • No, it's immaterial if Christie and others in his administration knew about the lane closures if they did not order the so-called "traffic study." They should not be held responsible for it.

  • Bridgegate is old news. Who cares?

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