Across the street from Christie’s office, at the state legislature’s annex, the investigations continued Thursday afternoon in a hearing room crammed with more than 20 television cameras and a crowd of photographers. As bulbs flashed in the warm fourth-floor room, where every seat in the audience area was occupied, David Wildstein, the former Port Authority of New York & New Jersey official connected to the controversy, took his seat before the state assembly’s transportation committee shortly before 1 p.m.
As of 12:30 p.m., Wildstein had not appeared, and legislators were growing concerned that he would not show. Earlier in the day, Wildstein’s attorney, Alan Zegas, had argued that his client did not need to heed the committee’s subpoena, and claimed that the subpoena was specifically focused on tolling issues, and did not compel Wildstein to comment on the bridge closure.
But state lawmakers had remained optimistic that Wildstein would eventually arrive. Earlier Thursday, state Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that the assembly committee, chaired by Democrat Assemblyman John Wisniewski, has jurisdiction and that the subpoena was broad enough to engage Wildstein on questions related to his involvement in the operation of the GW bridge.
This post has been updated.