Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio
The New Jersey State Assembly is setting up a special investigative committee to look into the G.W. Bridge lane closure scandal as the political ramifications for Christie pile up.
Monday should have been the day that Governor Christie took a first step in the reshuffling of his administration in advance of his second term. But fallout from the scandal means that Democrats are gearing up for a new investigation instead of holding hearings on key Christie appointees.
Christie has withdrawn the nomination of his acting attorney general, John Hoffman, for a superior court judgeship after Democrats delayed a hearing on Hoffman's replacement. The attorney general nominee is Kevin O’Dowd, Christie’s chief of staff. He supervised Bridget Anne Kelly, the deputy who, subpoenaed documents show, wrote in an email "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."
If O'Dowd had appeared at his confirmation hearing on Monday, Democrats would likely have had tough questions for him.