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New Jersey Traffic Jam Panel Considers Next Steps

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee investigating a political payback scheme launched by Gov. Chris Christie’s aides is reviewing its options after a setback by a judge.

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled in favor of two former aides on Wednesday, concluding that a subpoena requiring them to hand over text messages and emails was too broad.

The legislative panel sought documents from fired aide Bridge Kelly and former campaign manager Bill Stepien regarding a plot to create traffic jams in Fort Lee to retaliate against the town’s mayor.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski says the panel may appeal or decide to rewrite the subpoena.

The judge also said the panel could grant immunity to get the documents. But that may interfere with a federal criminal investigation.

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