Chris Christie update: Ex-aides fight state subpoenas while guv plans low-key town hall

Two of Christie's former top aides are trying to resist subpoenas from the state Legislature

Topics: Chris Christie, Bridgegate, Mark Sokolich, Dawn Zimmer, Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo, Bridget Anne Kelly, Bill Stepien, subpoena, New Jersey legislature, The Washington Post, ,

This hasn’t been the case for Christie throughout 2014, but on Tuesday the embattled New Jersey governor experienced the rare day when nothing major went wrong. He almost had a full day without any bad news coming out, in fact. Almost.

Here’s the latest from the dark and stormy world of Chris Christie:

  • Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Stepien, both of whom Christie fired as his first response to the Bridgegate story going national, are attempting to resist handing over documents requested via subpoena by the New Jersey legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal. Kelly is pleading the Fifth while Stepien is arguing that the subpoena is, according to his lawyer, “conditionally defective.”
  • Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, meanwhile, points out that the law firm Christie has hired to conduct his own “internal investigation” is running a “counter-investigation.” Marshall points out that it’s not entirely clear where the money to fund this Christie-approved investigation is coming from, and that it very well could be financed by taxpayers. So far, both Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich have declined requests from the Christie investigators to share whatever information and documents they provided to state and federal investigators.
  • The Washington Post reports that Christie’s repeatedly delayed town hall meeting in Middletown, N.J., is scheduled to take place on Thursday. While Christie’s town hall meetings have previously been the settings for the governor’s signature bouts of verbal sparring with teachers, Democrats and other public employees, the Post reports that Christie’s team is planning for the Middletown event to be low-key, focusing mainly on the state’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy. There will be no banners, no opening video, no swagger.
Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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