New Jersey traffic jam panel considers next steps


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 (wiz-NES'-kee) 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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