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Christie Investigator Meets Fort Lee Mayor on Bridge Case

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, met with the lawyer for a New Jersey legislative committee probing the deliberate traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge ordered by allies of Governor Chris Christie.

Mayor Mark Sokolich was interviewed by attorney Reid Schar for four hours today, according to the mayor’s lawyer, Timothy Donohue. Sokolich, a Democrat, has said he believes the gridlock caused by lane closures from Sept. 9 to 12 were meant to punish him for not endorsing the re-election of Christie, a Republican.

Schar works for a joint Assembly-Senate committee probing the traffic tie-ups, which have tarnished Christie’s reputation as he weighs a run for the White House. New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman also is investigating, and his prosecutors previously interviewed Sokolich. Donohue said the meeting today took place at his office in West Orange, New Jersey.

“Since there are ongoing criminal and legislative investigations, I do not want to get into any specifics, other than to say we discussed the lane closures,” Donohue said in a statement. “Obviously, the mayor is as anxious as everyone else to find out who was involved in the planning and execution of this scheme.”

Sokolich didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Voreacos in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, at

dvoreacos@bloomberg.net

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