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Friday, January 10, 2014

Chief official believed NJ lane closings illegal

Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, right, stands with Gov. Chris Christie, left, during a tour of the Seaside Heights, N.J., boardwalk after it was hit by a massive fire in September 2013. Christie fired Kelly on Thursday and apologized for his staff's "stupid" behavior, insisting during a nearly two-hour news conference that he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams as part of a political vendetta against a Democratic mayor. A New Jersey legislative committee investigating the traffic-jam scandal released hundreds of documents Friday that could shed more light on the politically motivated lane closings that created gridlock at the George Washington Bridge.