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?