Jersey Traffic Jam Witnesses: At Least Two Talking This Time

Updated at 6:10 pm EDT

The last time New Jersey lawmakers invited someone to chat publicly about any involvement in the George Washington Bridge traffic mess, the guest of honor was David Wildstein, formerly director of interstate capital projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

His answers amounted to: With all due respect, stuff it.

Next month, the Legislative Select Committee on Investigation will hear from four witnesses about intentional traffic jams in Fort Lee — provided no one follows Wildstein’s lead on the constitutional right to not answer.

The panel issued subpoenas today to Christina Genovese Renna, a former aide in the office of Gov. Chris Christie; Michael Drewniak, a Christie spokesman, William “Pat” Schuber, a Port Authority commissioner, and Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority.

Their testimony in Trenton is expected on May 6 and May 13, according to a statement by Tom Hester Jr., a spokesman for the committee.

Renna intends to testify, her attorney, Henry Klingeman of Newark, said by telephone.

Foye also will comply, according to Steve Coleman, a Port Authority spokesman.

Chris Valens, a spokesman for Schuber didn’t immediately return a phone message for comment. Drewniak didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail asking whether he will speak.

An internal review of the September traffic tie-ups concluded that Christie wasn’t aware of any plans to block lanes as political payback in a town whose Democratic mayor wouldn’t support him for re-election. The report, by the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, didn’t identify a motive, though it put the blame on Wildstein and Bridget Anne Kelly, a former Christie deputy chief of staff.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark also is investigating the matter.

Christie, speaking on his monthly call-in radio show on WKXW yesterday, said he hasn’t been subpoenaed for that review.

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