State Police: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie did not fly over Fort Lee jam

Feb. 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM
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TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- New Jersey State Police said Tuesday Gov. Chris Christie did not fly over massive traffic jams on George Washington Bridge access roads in Fort Lee.

The police issued a statement, following reports that New Jersey legislators appeared to be looking for information on whether Christie flew in a state helicopter over traffic jams in Fort Lee.

The State Police Aviation Unit -- responsible for the governor's helicopter -- received a subpoena for information, the (Hackensack) Record reported, citing a source who said legislators want to know if Christie flew over the bridge during the so-called bridgegate scandal.

"None of the three flights transporting the governor during that week flew over, or close to either the George Washington Bridge or Fort Lee, including the flight on 9/11," State Police Capt. Stephen Jones said in a statement Tuesday.

During the four days when access lanes to the bridge in Fort Lee were closed, Christie made three trips in South Jersey and one, on the first day of the closings, from a memorial service in New York for the 2001 terrorist attacks back to Trenton.

Legislators were also trying to find out whether anyone involved in the lane closings was in the helicopter with the governor. Christie was photographed at the New York event with Doug Wildstein, the Port Authority official who resigned after the scandal broke, but Wildstein did not fly back to Trenton with him, the governor's office says.

Other subpoenas have gone to Christie's director of operations and director of constituent relations.

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