TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The head of a New Jersey legislative panel investigating a political payback plot says a review undertaken by Gov. Chris Christie's lawyers lacks credibility because it is missing information from key players.
Assemblyman John Wisinewski (wis-NEW'-skee) says the lack of cooperation from ex-aides Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien raises questions about the thoroughness of the report due out soon.
The New York Times is reporting that the review will clear Christie of involvement in the plot to manufacture traffic jams in Fort Lee, apparently to punish the town's mayor for not endorsing Christie. Randy Mastro, the lawyer hired by Christie to lead the review, tells the newspaper that the governor handed over his iPhone and permitted his email accounts to be searched.
Criminal and civil investigations are ongoing.