NJ panel: Christie aide should turn over papers

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 6:03 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawyers for a New Jersey legislative panel investigating a political payback scandal involving Gov. Chris Christie's office says the governor's two-time campaign manager should not be allowed to use a blanket objection to avoid turning over subpoenaed documents.

The lawyers say Bill Stepien is trying to "have it both ways" by arguing that the subpoena is too broad when it asks for records of conversations with certain people and too narrow when it asks that he self-select documents related to September's traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge.

Oral arguments are Tuesday over whether Stepien and fired Christie aide Bridget Kelly must comply with the subpoenas.

Kelly's lawyer filed papers Friday asserting there's a "real and substantial threat" of self-incrimination if she gives over what state lawmakers have requested.

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