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New subpoena looking for evidence Team Christie retaliated against JC Mayor Fulop

Via WSJ, a new federal subpoena issued to the Port Authority shows a focus on Jersey City, looking at claims that Gov. Christie’s administration retaliated against JC’s Democratic mayor Steve Fulop. A source told reporter Ted Mann that this latest subpoena to the PA is a broad request covering correspondence among aides and allies of the Governor’s, and includes David Wildstein and Bill Baroni. WSJ:

The subpoena seeks records from a broad range of former authority officials regarding their interactions with Jersey City, according to a person familiar with the matter, including two Christie allies who resigned from the authority amid the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, David Wildstein and Bill Baroni.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has said that the Christie administration punished him when he failed to endorse the governor’s reelection in 2013.

Fulop has reported that key meetings his administration had set up with state commissioners were all abruptly canceled within minutes after he informed the Governor’s office of his decision not to endorse Christie for reelection.

In a group of emails – notable for their political calculation – uncovered and first reported on by The Record is an exchange between Bridget Kelly and Wildstein. She asked if any of Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich’s many calls to Port Authority during the GWB lane closures had been returned. “Radio silence.” Wildstein replied. “His name comes right after mayor Fulop.”

ICYMI – Watch: Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich

Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, has largely steered clear of public speculation about whether September’s sudden George Washington Bridge lane closures were political punishment from political operatives in Port Authority acting for Gov. Christie, retribution for Sokolich’s refusal to endorse Christie when asked to. Today, everything changed. Revelations the order turn his town into traffic chaos came from a senior staffer in Christie’s front office. Reports that first responders were delayed getting to a 91-year-old woman who later died, a traffic accident with four injuries and other emergency calls.

There are so many jolting pull-out quotes in what Sokolich said tonight, on All In with Chris Hayes. It’s late, it’s been a long day and you should really just sit down and hear it all for yourself.