Fort Lee mayor rebuffs Christie lawyer's request

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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014 file photo, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich addresses a news conference at Fort Lee, N.J., City Hall. Many people have known little about Fort Lee until a political scandal centering on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enveloped the borough. Now for residents of the New York City bedroom community defined by both a feisty pride and frustration over the mixed blessings of proximity to the George Washington Bridge, the scandal is the reminder they did not need of how the bridge dictates the rhythm of everyday life. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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In this Jan. 9, 2014 file photo, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich addresses a news conference at Fort Lee, N.J., City Hall. Many people have known little about Fort Lee until a political scandal centering on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enveloped the borough. Now for residents of the New York City bedroom community defined by both a feisty pride and frustration over the mixed blessings of proximity to the George Washington Bridge, the scandal is the reminder they did not need of how the bridge dictates the rhythm of everyday life. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of the New Jersey town where allies of Gov. Chris Christie created traffic jams last fall has refused a request to be interviewed by a lawyer representing the governor.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich also was asked to provide documents. The Record (http://bit.ly/1mqCtpB ) reports Sokolich sent a letter back to attorney Randy Mastro on Monday declining the request.

Emails and text messages subpoenaed by a New Jersey legislative committee revealed that an aide to Christie wrote to a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official, saying, "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

A federal investigation into the matter is underway.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who has made separate allegations against the governor and his aides, also has declined an interview request by Mastro.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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