N.J. Assembly to release documents in bridge scandal investigation

Posted at 9:39 PM, Jan 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-09 21:39:32-05

(CNN) — The New Jersey State Assembly committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal will release on Friday hundreds of pages of documents collected as part of its investigation, a spokesman for the committee said Thursday.

The committee spokesman confirmed that 907 pages of documents collected in response to the subpoena of former state official David Wildstein, an ally of Gov. Chris Christie, are expected to be posted online sometime mid-morning on Friday.

Wildstein, the former director of interstate capital projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was charged with contempt Thursday by the New Jersey State Assembly for refusing to answer questions over the scandal.

Wildstein repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during an appearance before the panel tasked with investigating the bridge access lane closings. Earlier Thursday, a judge compelled Wildstein to appear before the committee in response to its subpoena.

Emails released Wednesday appear to reveal an exchange between Wildstein and a senior aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in which the two decided to close portions of the bridge for political retribution. Due to the threat of criminal investigation, Wildstein’s lawyer Alan Zegas recommended that his client remain silent.

Wildstein left his Port Authority position in December.