New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's scandal-plagued January just got worse.
Federal prosecutors are advancing the George Washington Bridge lane-closure investigation and have subpoenaed documents from Christie's re-election committee and the state GOP.
Christie has said he was not involved in the plot to close access lanes to the bridge that spans the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York in September. He fired his deputy chief of staff when her involvement in the plot, which created gridlock over four days, became public. He also says he will cooperate in "appropriate" investigations.
Even with no direct evidence linking Christie to the bridge incident at this point, the new batch of subpoenas puts the Republican governor in a difficult spot, said Rob Pallitto, an associate professor of political science at Seton Hall University.
Many of Christie's senior staffers were included in a set of 20 subpoenas sent out by a New Jersey Assembly investigative panel last week. His now-fired campaign manager Bill Stepien also received a subpoena. The announcement of Stepien's demise came at the same news conference where Christie announced he was sacking Bridget Anne Kelly, the deputy chief of staff whose e-mails indicated she had prior knowledge of the lane closures. Stepien was released because he made derogatory comments about the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., in e-mails as media attention to the lane closings grew.