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Christie’s campaign, NJ GOP face federal subpoenas



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign and the state Republican party have less than two weeks to comply with subpoenas from federal prosecutors investigating allegations of political payback.

Subpoenas to the Christie for Governor organization and the Republican State Committee were disclosed Thursday, the same day the Republican governor’s campaign announced it had hired a Washington, D.C., law firm in the case.

The subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s office show an escalating criminal investigation into allegations that Christie’s aides created traffic jams in the town of a Democratic adversary.

A state legislative panel investigating the blocking of traffic lanes near the George Washington Bridge also has subpoenaed Christie’s re-election organization.

Christie’s top political adviser, Bill Palatucci, says it’s “wildly premature” to speculate on how the scandal will impact Christie’s future.