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NJ Lawmakers Refer Silent Official To Prosecutor

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers want a prosecutor to consider contempt charges they leveled last week against a former appointee of Gov. Chris Christie who refused to answer questions about the closing of approach lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

David Wildstein appeared before a legislative committee last week under subpoena (See Related Story). But at his lawyer’s advice, he refused to answer any questions, including whether he had worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Lawmakers on Monday asked the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office to handle the case. Documents Wildstein provided to lawmakers appear to show that the September lane closures were intended as political retribution for the mayor of Fort Lee.

Wildstein resigned last month. His lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday afternoon.

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