‘BridgeGhazi Bridget’ Pushes Back
BridgeGhazi figure Bridget Anne Kelly – she of the “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email – is fighting a subpoena and letting her mouthpiece do the talking:
The lawyer for Bridget Anne Kelly, one of the key figures in the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal, filed legal papers yesterday arguing that his client should not be forced to hand over documents to the legislative committee investigating the matter.
Attorney Michael Critchley, said Kelly, who was Gov. Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff, is “a subject of the investigation” being run by federal prosecutors. At the same time, he lambasted the co-chairman of the legislative committee for “rushing to judgment” in its investigation of the controversy.
In a 43-page brief submitted in state Superior Court in Mercer County, Critchley cited Kelly’s Fifth Amendment and Fourth Amendment constitutional rights as protections that allow Kelly to continue to deny the legislative committee’s subpoena asking for records relating to the lane closures. He also said public statements made by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), the co-chair of the legislative panel, appear to put Kelly — who was fired by Christie after emails showed she’d helped orchestrate the lane closures — in greater legal jeopardy.
And thus, he argued, Kelly’s constitutional rights not to incriminate herself have only been strengthened.