Subpoenas of current and former Christie aides in bridge probe cast wide net

Posted on: 5:55 pm, January 18, 2014, by , updated on: 05:54pm, January 18, 2014

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(CNN) — A state legislative committee in New Jersey is casting a wide net – from daily planners to blackberry messages — in its quest for documents and other materials relating to a political scandal that has rocked Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

Some 17 people, including current and former close aides to Christie, and three groups were formally subpoenaed on Thursday by the Select Committee on Investigation.

The governor’s office at large was also included although Christie was not subpoenaed. His 2013 gubernatorial campaign organization also received a subpoena.

The panel, chaired by Assemblyman Jim Wisniewski, seeks “all communications of any kind” and related documents and videos, including any correspondence, notes, e-mail, texts, voice mails from last September 1 through Friday relating to traffic gridlock around the George Washington Bridge between last September 9-13, according to a copies of subpoenas obtained by CNN.

Some must turn over their cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices.

Asked why the subpoenas were so broad, a spokesman for the Assembly’s majority Democrats responded: “Just part of the thorough investigation.”

Investigators are probing suggestions that top Christie appointees deliberately orchestrated the tie ups in Fort Lee to allegedly punish politically that town’s mayor for not endorsing the governor for re-election last November.

Material outlined in the subpoenas must be turned over by February 3.

The state Senate is also investigating as is the U.S. Attorney’s office.

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz contributed to this report.