Bridget Anne Kelly, the former Gov. Christie aide said to have sparked the Bridgegate scandal with her alleged “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” message, pleaded the fifth in a Mercer County courthouse Wednesday.
Reporters, photographers and protesters swarmed the nary-seen Kelly, 41, upon her arrival at the courthouse, according to My9.
Kelly, of Ramsey, was silent before the legislative investigative committee however, as her attorney Michael Critchley argued that were she to comply with investigators’ subpoenas she would be violating her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination.
The attorney also called for the “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email to be authenticated, since to admit responsibility for its authorship would also cause self-incrimination.
Hearings are expected to continue on March 25.
Messages released in January suggest top officials close to Gov. Chris Christie were involved with the lane closures last year that some have suggested were payback for the Fort Lee mayor crossing the New Jersey governor during his bid for re-election.