N.H. GOP Executive Director Matt Mowers subpoenaed in Christie bridge scandal investigation
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The executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, a former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was subpoenaed yesterday by a panel investigating the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge.
Matt Mowers was one of 17 people subpoenaed by the New Jersey Assembly yesterday in an investigation of the political scandal; documents showed last week that a top Christie aide ordered the lane closures as retaliation after the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., did not endorse Christie’s re-election campaign.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Mowers, who worked for Christie’s campaign last year, approached the mayor of Fort Lee and said an endorsement would be welcome. Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, has said he was never directly asked for an endorsement, and he never responded to the request.
The New Hampshire Republican Party announced Mowers as its new executive director in November, the same week Christie was re-elected to a second term as New Jersey’s governor.
Jennifer Horn, chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, issued a statement last night in support of Mowers.
“Matt is an extremely talented worker and a valued member of our team,” Horn said. “He has not been accused of any wrongdoing and there is zero indication that he is in any way connected to the decision to close the bridge lanes.”
Mowers was a regional political director for Christie’s campaign last year, according to his LinkedIn profile. He also worked in Christie’s administration from November 2010 until he began working for the campaign last April.
Mowers did not respond to a message left last night. Horn said he will continue to work for the state’s Republican Party.
“Matt has my full support and confidence, and I look forward to his continued service to our party,” she said.