In his appearance yesterday before the New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee David Wildstein invoked the Fifth Amendment in response to every substantive question asked of him. Despite supplying the committee with over 900 pages Wildstein and his lawyer believe Wildstein has not waved his Fifth Amendment rights. As a result of refusing to answer the committee’s questions Wildstein was held in contempt.
At one point in the hearing Wildstein’s attorney said his client would be interested in testifying if he could be granted immunity – something not within the committee’s power. However that power does exist within the office of United States Attorney Paul Fishman who announced yesterday that his office may be opening an investigation into Bridgegate.
Meanwhile Governor Chris Christie has been facing renewed scrutiny both for his previous controversies and a civil suit launched by motorists who were stuck in the Christie Administration’s political traffic jam.
Six New Jersey residents have filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Chris Christie, the state of New Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and others over traffic jams in September.
The suit filed in federal court Thursday appears to be the first civil claim over traffic that appear to have been caused as political punishment for the Fort Lee mayor. The plaintiffs want it certified as a class action.
The future of the lawsuit is anyone’s guess but Christie’s past is also now coming back into focus. Not only that he fired a previous official whom he claimed lied to him, but that he has had a series of scandals in his administration. Scandals the local and national media have mostly skipped over until now.
It might finally be time for the public to learn about the real Chris Christie.