O'Dowd Says He Doesn't Know Who Ordered Lane Closures
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. June 9, 2014
A top aide to Governor Chris Christie says he had no prior knowledge of the decision to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge last September.
Christie’s chief of staff Kevin O’Dowd testified for more than seven hours at a hearing by the New Jersey legislative committee investigating the bridge scandal.
In response to questioning by Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, O’Dowd said he doesn’t know who ordered the lane closures.
O’Dowd: “I don’t know the answer. I don’t think I should venture a guess into that space.”
Greenwald: “So if you don’t know if Mr. Wildstein closed it, you probably don’t but if you do I would like you to answer the question, do you know why these lanes were closed?
O’Dowd: “I don’t.”
O’Dowd said he has no reason to believe Governor Christie would veto legislation lawmakers may enact to reform the Port Authority, the agency that operates the bridge.
“Obviously that’s the governor’s decision, but I think he’s expressed publicly and privately that he’s open minded and very much interested in reforming and moving forward legislative reforms concerning the Port Authority.”
The investigative committee’s co-chair, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, says the panel will not call any more people to testify until after the 4th of July holiday.
“The staff has a very serious responsibility to prepare the legislature for getting the budget done before the end of June. We also have a great deal of information now to consider in terms of focusing our next subpoenas for live testimony.”
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