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N.H. GOP Executive Director Matt Mowers subpoenaed in Christie bridge scandal investigation

Matt Mowers.<br/><br/>(Photo from LinkedIn)

Matt Mowers.

(Photo from LinkedIn)

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.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

Jennifer Horn and the Republican State Committee hired New Jersey's Matt Mowers instead of hiring a NH young person. These paid political jobs are an opportunity to give real NH's future leaders important experience. Instead of trusting real NH young people who have grown up with real NH values, Horn and Republicans don't believe NH young people are qualified for these jobs. Instead Jennifer Horn believes that people who have excelled in the New Jersey culture of shutting down the busiest bridge in the world on the most terrorist target day of the year, 9/11, are better investments for political leadership than NH young people who have NH, honest, political values. Matt Mowers is a strategic plant trying to milk NH's primary and Jennifer Horn is letting the State Committee get used and exploited. Shame on Jennifer Horn. Shame on NH Republicans who don't trust NH young people to do these important jobs to get important leadership experience. Shame on Jennifer Horn for bringing this New Jersey culture into NH as a role model for NH's children. Matt Mowers should resign. And Jennifer Horn should be removed if she continues to support keeping Matt Mowers in this job.

Yes, Monitor, your bias is showing. This is front page news because he is one of those dreaded Republicans, while Rep "Ducky" Campbell, Chair of the House Public Works and Highways Committee, who happens to be a Democrat and champion of higher taxes, is not even mentioned. Both the Union Leader and the Telegraph are digging into this matter and seem to be stumbling onto a DWI cover up. Perhaps Chairman Campbell should trade his gavel for a duck call.

Meanwhile, in other news . . . there were actual new developments in Duck-gate yesterday which ONE New Hampshire paper reported.

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