Bridgegate hits the Sunday talk shows

Traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge from in Fort Lee, N.J., on Saturday.

Bridgegate topped many of the Sunday morning talk shows, as politicians in Trenton and Washington discussed revelations that aides to Gov. Christie plotted to shut down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September to punish the Democratic mayor of a nearby Bergen County borough for not endorsing the Republican governor for reelection.

Last week, Christie fired his deputy chief of staff after documents emerged showing she had ordered one of the governor’s appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cause “traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Christie also severed ties with his campaign manager.

On Sunday, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democratic chair of the transportation committee leading the investigation into the lane closures, said “it strains credibility” that Christie’s advisers who were involved in or aware of the situation did not let him know about it.

But Wisniewski made clear on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that “we don’t have direct communications that directly go to” Christie.

Christie has denied any involvement in or knowledge of the plan to close lanes in Fort Lee. Last week, he said he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by his staff.

If legislators do learn that Christie was involved in the plot, “that raises serious questions that the Assembly ought to look at,” including possible impeachment proceedings, Wisniewski said.

He cautioned that the Assembly transportation committee’s investigation into the matter is still in its early stages.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), considered a possible contender for the presidency in 2016, was also asked about bridgegate on “Face the Nation.”

He said it would be “a mistake for me to comment on this.” Other prominent Republican senators, such as Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, have also stayed mostly mum on the issue.

Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican who lost in the party’s 2012 primary to Mitt Romney, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he had concerns about the controversy.

“It’s very clear personnel there was not sensitive to what seemed to be a fairly obvious wrong thing to do,” said Santorum, who is considering another run for president in 2016.

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