Lawyer: NJ Probe of Christie Office Can Proceed

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The special counsel for a New Jersey legislative panel investigating a political payback scandal surrounding Gov. Chris Christie's office says the state probe won't impede an ongoing federal investigation.

Reid Schar, the lawyer for the joint legislative committee, says he discussed the parallel investigations with officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office on Friday and says he's comfortable the state investigation can continue..

Meanwhile, Christie is going on the offensive over suggestions he knew more than he has said about apparently politically motivated traffic jams ordered by one of his staffers.

In a letter Saturday to donors, Christie's political team bashed a former loyalist at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who ordered closures of approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge that led to the massive traffic jams in Fort Lee in September.

A lawyer for former Port Authority official David Wildstein said Friday that evidence exists that Christie knew about the closures when they were underway.

Christie's team says Wildstein "will do and say anything to save David Wildstein."