New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives a news conference in Trenton on Jan. 9, 2014.
Four of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Cabinet officials abruptly cancelled meetings with Steve Fulop, the newly elected mayor of Jersey City, on the same day Fulop's political aides said the mayor would not endorse Christie's bid for re-election, according to documents obtained by NBC News.
The cancellations, all of which took place within an hour of each other, were cited by Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the chairman of the state panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, as evidence that Christie and his top aides had "essentially an enemies list," and that Fulop, the mayor of the state's second largest city, was on it for refusing to endorse Christie in last fall’s gubernatorial race.
After issuing a blistering report flagging potential judicial surpluses in Orleans Parish and across the state, a government watchdog organization on Monday (Dec. 30) filed a lawsuit demanding access to all records and meetings of the state Supreme Court-appointed committee tasked with evaluating possible "unnecessary" judgeships.
The lawsuit, filed by the Bureau of Governmental Research in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, alleges that the committee has violated state law by "meeting behind closed doors and denying the public access to its records.