Trenton, NJ, United States (4E) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could face impeachment if he knew his staff ordered the partial closure of the George Washington Bridge during the election campaign period, according to Assemblyman Thomas Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) chairman of the state legislature’s transportation committee.
Wisniewski told CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday it’s not credible that Christie’s staff were talking via e-mail about the traffic problem caused by the closure of two lanes of the bridge in Sept. 9-13 and how to cover it up from the press.
The e-mails and communications of the governor’s chief of staff, communication director, deputy chief of staff, chief counsel released last week as part of the assembly’s investigation of the scandal suggested they were responsible for the closure of the bridge in Fort Lee.
Christie has denied complicity with the acts of his staff meant to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing his reelection bid. On Thursday, he fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and told his former campaign manager Bill Stepien to withdraw his application to be the New Jersey GOP chairman and consultant for the Republican Governor’s Association. He also apologized to the people of New Jersey, the assembly and Sokolich.
Wisniewski said he will move for impeachment proceedings “if something comes to light” that directly links the Republican governor and the closure of the bridge’s local access lanes because the closure, which constituted a crime because public property was used for political purposes.