NHGOP executive director Mowers subpoenaed for oral testimony in NJ ‘Bridgegate’ probe
By JOHN DiSTASO, Editor
CONCORD — New Hampshire Republican Party Executive Director Matt Mowers has been subpoenaed to provide oral testimony to a New Jersey legislative committee investigating the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal involving lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last September, sources and the state GOP confirmed Tuesday night.
Mowers, a former aid in Gov. Chris Christie’s office, and also on Christie’s reelection campaign has already been identified as the person who discussed a possible endorsement of Christie with Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.
Mowers has already been subpoenaed to provide documents and emails and has been back to New Jersey to speak with the investigating committee.
Now, sources say, he served with a subpoena and has been called to Trenton to provide oral testimony on May 13. The NH Journal first reported the news of Mowers’ subpoena on Twitter earlier Tuesday evening.
Mowers declined any comment on the subpoena Tuesday night.
But NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn issued a statement saying that Mowers “has simply been asked to provide information regarding this issue and he has fully has cooperated with all previous requests. Matt will continue to cooperate with any legitimate investigation. I have full confidence in Matt and look forward to his continued efforts to build the grassroots infrastructure we need to win in November.”
She called Mowers “a valued member of our team.”
State Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley said in a statement:
“As soon as Matt Mowers began his work as the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, it became evident that the Chris Christie culture of intimidation and personal attacks had infiltrated the NHGOP. It has been over three months since the fallout from this scandal found its way into New Hampshire, and there are still countless question for both Matt Mowers and Chris Christie to answer. It is our hope that Matt Mowers will fully cooperate and comply with all investigations, on both a state and federal level.”