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Bridgegate Takes A Turn

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The co-chairs of the legislative committee that is investigating the bridgegate scandal made it known that they were considering subpoenaing one of their own members, Senator Kevin O’Toole.

O’Toole is one of only four Republicans who are part of the special committee. Senator Loretta Weinberg explained that as one of their close colleagues they want to give O’Toole the benefit of the doubt and question him first.

“We could certainly ask him questions as a colleague giving him some leeway to just respond without any subpoenas,” Weinberg said.

Earlier subpoenaed documents revealed that O’Toole exchanged emails and texts with both Baroni and Wildstein which is likely the reason why his name is being thrown in the pot. O’Toole has always been a big advocate of Governor Christie’s and some are questioning whether or not he should even be on the committee given his close relationship with people at the center of this investigation.

“I think a question could certainly be raised, but we need to know what his role was and why the Port Authority is preparing a statement for him,” Weinberg said.

In order for O’Toole to be subpoenaed, the committee would first need to vote on it and then consult with their attorney before anything can be done.

Meanwhile, Weinberg is also looking to pass legislation that would get the Unites States Congress involved in looking into the Port Authority, including how it’s run and why there are so many secrets and lack of disclosure and transparency.

“I think that we need legislation to change it and I think we need congress to help us in that,” Weinberg confirmed.

In addition, two key members in the bridgegate scandal, Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien are being required to present evidence in court as to why they are not complying with the legislative committee’s subpoenas.

Both have chosen to plead the fifth regarding the ongoing investigation and the committee has rejected their response and claim that they have the constitutional right to get those documents.

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