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Former Brown spokesman subpoenaed in N.J. bridge scandal

Lane closures on the George Washington Bridge have ignited a political firestorm.

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Lane closures on the George Washington Bridge have ignited a political firestorm.

A onetime spokesman for former US senator Scott Brown who now works for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been subpoenaed in the probe into the bridge traffic jam that other Christie aides allegedly inflicted on a Democratic-led city as political payback.

Colin Reed, who was a press secretary for Brown in the Senate and during his reelection campaign, is among 18 who were served with subpoenas last week in the unfolding investigation. The subpoena was issued by the New Jersey State Legislature’s Select Committee on Investigation and was posted online by The Record. It gives Reed less than three weeks to produce any documents or electronic records related to the closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., last September.

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Reed could not be reached for comment.

Records produced by other Christie staffers, since fired, appear to show them orchestrating the traffic jam, which ensnarled motorists for hours over a course of five days in September, apparently as political retribution to Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor for his refusal to endorse Christie’s reelection campaign. Christie has denied any knowledge of the alleged scheme.

The subpoena seeks any communication relating to the lane closure — including e-mails, text messages, voicemails, and records of phone calls — dating back more than a year, to Sept. 1, 2012.

At that time, Reed was still working for Brown’s reelection campaign for US Senate in Massachusetts. Brown lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren on Nov. 6, 2012. According to his LinkedIn profile, Reed started working for Christie in Trenton in March 2013.

Brown has since moved to New Hampshire and begun flirting with a campaign against Democratic US Senator Jeanne Shaheen there.

Last week, he campaigned on Cape Cod with John Chapman, a Republican running against US Representative William Keating.

Stephanie Ebbert can be reached at Stephanie.Ebbert @globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @StephanieEbbert..
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