Feds, others still probing NJ traffic-jam plot

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Investigations led by federal authorities and New Jersey legislators are continuing to delve into a traffic-blocking operation near the George Washington Bridge, even as Gov. Chris Christie's own probe clears him of involvement in the political payback plot.

The U.S. attorney's office is conducting a criminal investigation into the closing of traffic lanes, which created gridlock in Fort Lee apparently to punish the town's Democratic mayor.

A state legislative panel is trying to find out how high up Christie's chain of command the order to block traffic went, and why.

New York lawyer Randy Mastro released a report exonerating Christie on Thursday, and Christie himself broke his silence by appearing on ABC News.

The report pins blame for the scheme on two former aides.

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