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Bridge panel plans to summon 13 more

File photo: Gov. Chris Christie (AP Photo/Mel Evans/March 28, 2014)
File photo: Gov. Chris Christie (AP Photo/Mel Evans/March 28, 2014)
TRENTON - The New Jersey legislative panel investigating the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge plans to call 13 more people to testify, including one of Gov. Christie's top political advisers, according to a committee memo.

Mike DuHaime, a Westfield Republican, is among the witnesses the committee plans to hear from during four hearings next month, according to the memo, obtained by Bloomberg News.

The list also includes Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who has questioned whether the September traffic tie-ups were retribution for declining to support Christie's reelection.

Christie, who won a second term in November, has denied that he played any role in the intentional lane closings. Questions of who ordered the traffic jam and why have hurt Christie's approval ratings and tarnished his prospects for a 2016 White House run. The closings also are being investigated by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

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  • The investigatory panel, led by Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex) and State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen), has already issued subpoenas seeking e-mails, correspondence, and phone records to those in the list.

    Others being called to testify are:

    Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the bridge.

    Paul Nunziato, president of the Port Authority police union.

    Philippe Danielides, who was an adviser to David Samson, former chairman of the Port Authority.

    Phillip Kwon, deputy general counsel at the agency.

    Regina Egea, head of Christie's authorities unit at the time of the closings.

    Deborah Gramiccioni, who replaced former deputy executive director Bill Baroni.

    Nicole Crifo, an attorney in Christie's authorities unit.

    Evan Ridley, a former Christie aide.

    Christopher Porrino, chief counsel to Christie.

    Charlie McKenna, former chief counsel.

    Paul Matey, Christie's deputy chief counsel.

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