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Gov. Christie: I'm Getting Sick of the Committee Investigating George Washington Bridge Lane Closures



    Gov. Christie: I'm Getting Sick of the Committee Investigating George Washington Bridge Lane Closures
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    FORT LEE, NJ - JANUARY 09: The George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee, NJ, and New York City, is seen on January 9, 2014 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is currently caught in a political scandal, in which one of his aides ordered The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to purposely cause traffic jams at the on-ramps to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ, due to political disagreements between Governor Christie and the mayor of Fort Lee. Christie claims he had no knowledge of issue and has since fired the aide. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Gov. Chris Christie says he's growing tired of the legislative committee investigating politically motivated lane closures near the George Washington Bridge last year.

    Speaking at a news conference Thursday in Trenton, Christie blasted the Democrat-controlled committee — including its co-chairman Assemblyman John Wisniewski — for leaking documents to the media.

    "If they can't run their own ship, they shouldn't be running an investigation," he told reporters, accusing the committee's Democratic members of being more interested in getting their names in the newspapers and on television than finding the truth.

    "These are people who are addicted to MSNBC and the front page of your papers, and nobody wants to cover it anymore," he told reporters. "So they have to leak something to be able to get someone to cover it."

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    He pointed specifically to interview records that were made public while he was in Mexico for a three-day trade mission this month.

    The remarks were some of Christie's harshest yet against the committee, which includes both Republicans and Democrats.

    Reacting to the comments, Wisniewski said the governor's office had refused to turn over some documents the committee had requested, claiming executive privilege, which he said "flies in the face of his pledge to cooperate fully."

    He added that he's "as frustrated as anybody about the leaks" but that they don't impact the committee's work.

    "We have clear proof that an abuse of power originated in the governor's office," Wisniewski said. "What we don't know is why and who authorized it. And any attempt to end the investigation prematurely is an effort to condone that conduct."

    The committee is investigating who among Christie's aides ordered the lanes closed, apparently in a bid to create traffic jams in a town at the foot of the bridge to punish its mayor for not endorsing the governor's re-election bid.

    Christie says he played no role in the plot, which tarnished his national reputation ahead of a potential run for president in 2016.

    "The fact is that they've been digging around for eight months now and have found absolutely nothing that contradicts what I said," Christie said of the committee. "Wrap up your work. Do your job."

    The U.S. attorney for New Jersey is also investigating the circumstances of the lane closures. 

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