TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawyers for two key figures in a political payback plot ensnaring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration will be in court hoping to convince a judge not to force them to turn over private communications to a legislative investigatory panel.
The two, fired Christie staffer Bridget Kelly and two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien, say complying with the subpoenas carries the risk of self-incrimination.
The subpoenas seek documents involving the intentional blocking of traffic near the George Washington Bridge. The plot created hours-long backups in nearby Fort Lee, apparently to punish the town’s Democratic mayor.
Lawyers for Kelly and Stepien say FBI agents have tried to interview their clients and family members in a separate criminal investigation into the lane closings.
Kelly plans to be in court Tuesday; Stepien does not.