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Former Chris Christie Aid Wants Judge To Retract Subpoenas

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A key figure in a political payback scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has arrived in court in a bid to quash a subpoena she says carries the risk of self-incrimination.

Fired Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly said nothing to reporters outside the courthouse in Trenton on Tuesday.

Lawyers for Kelly and two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien will ask a judge not to force them to turn over text messages and other private communications to New Jersey legislators investigating the matter. Both say they risk self-incrimination.

The subpoenas seek documents related to lane closures near the George Washington Bridge that created massive backups in nearby Fort Lee, apparently to punish the town’s Democratic mayor.

Stepien is not expected in court.

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