TRENTON -- The state Legislature's special investigation into last year's lane closures at the George Washington Bridge was a cover to "take down" Gov. Christie and boost the political career of its chairman, GOP lawmakers charge in a new report.
Democrats on the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, led by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D., Middlesex), "repeatedly misled the public; manipulated media coverage via false leads, seemingly unlawful leaks and baseless claims; charged taxpayers millions of dollars to promote political fiction; and accomplished nothing meaningful for the public good," the report says.
The 119-page "minority statement" was released on Monday by the four Republicans on the 12-member panel, which formed in January after the bridge scandal engulfed the Christie administration.
The committee is scheduled to meet this morning, when Democrats will propose adopting a report of their own, which leaked to the media last week.
That report found no evidence that Christie, a possible presidential contender in 2016, played a role in the lane closures. But it said the key actors who apparently were involved -- Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and former Port Authority official David Wildstein -- likely "felt empowered to act as they did, with little regard for public safety risks or the steadily."