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Lou Greenwald, New Jersey Lawmaker, Says Bridge Plot Was 'Abuse Of Power'

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People watch from the gallery as Assembly Budget Committee chairman Lou Greenwald, D-Camden, addresses the chamber Monday, June 23, 2008, in Trenton, N.J., as the Assembly begins debating a cost-slashing $32.8 billion budget in the first of several key votes that will also decide whether to borrow $3.9 billion for school construction and to cut taxpayer-paid benefits for government workers and teachers. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

BY ANGELA DELLI SANTI and GEOFF MULVIHILL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A high-ranking New Jersey Democrat says an investigation into massive local traffic jams that has ensnared Gov. Chris Christie's administration has grown into an abuse of power probe.

Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald says a new special legislative committee will be tasked with finding out how high up Christie's chain of command the plot went.

Greenwald, a Democrat, says, "it is clearly an abuse of power. The question is, who abused their power and how high did it go?"

The Assembly announced the committee's formation Monday. The bipartisan panel will have subpoena power and a special council appointed to it and will focus exclusively on the closing of traffic lanes leading to one of the world's busiest bridges, an apparent political payback scheme carried out by Christie loyalists.

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