Judge hears arguments for 'Bridgegate' subpoenas

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Judge hears arguments for 'Bridgegate' subpoenas

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This Sept. 12, 2013 file photo provided by the Office of the Governor of New Jersey shows Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly during a tour with Gov. Chris Christie of the Seaside Heights, N.J. boardwalk, after it was hit by a massive fire. (AP) This Sept. 12, 2013 file photo provided by the Office of the Governor of New Jersey shows Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly during a tour with Gov. Chris Christie of the Seaside Heights, N.J. boardwalk, after it was hit by a massive fire. (AP)
NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

The media storm swarmed Gov. Chris Chrisite's former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly outside state Superior Court. It was her first public appearance since the Bridgegate scandal broke. Kelly had nothing to say to reporters.

Her attorney and lawyers for Bill Stepien, Christies two-time campaign manager, did all of the talking.

"There's no more fundamental right than the right not to be made a witness against yourself," said Kevin Marino, Stepien's attorney. "That's the right we are here to enforce today."

Kelly and Stepien's attorneys told Judge Mary Jacobson they do not want to hand over documents to the legislative committee investigating the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. They argued submitting text messages, emails, and other documents surrounding the traffic jam might open them up to criminal prosecution, so they're observing their Fifth Amendment right.

"There seems to have been a concerted effort, every time an email of substance came in, to take that email, to forward it to a personal email account so it was no longer going to be maintained on the servers of the office of the governor," said Reid Schar, the lawyer for the legislative committee.

The governor fired Kelly after discovering she sent an email to a Port Authority official saying: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

Stepien did not attend the court appearance.

The legislative committee leader, John Wisniewski, has said Kelly and Stepien were government employees so their records are not privileged, and hopes the judge decides they must be subject to subpoena.

"We continue to move forward with work of the committee in receiving documents... and continue to analyze the material to decide how the committee with move forward next," Wisniewski said.

The judge requested more briefs. She said she will make a ruling after evaluating the information and documents. But she did say she will make a decision sooner rather than later.

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