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Key figures in NJ scandal still won’t cooperate

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 | 12:22 p.m.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two key figures in a political payback scandal ensnaring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration are refusing, for a second time, to turn over documents to investigators.

Lawyers for former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien and fired aide Bridget Kelly say in letters to lawmakers that their clients will not cooperate.

Legislators investigating the blocking of traffic lanes near the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge had given the pair until Tuesday to turn over documents after they both originally refused to do so.

A copy of the letter by Stepien lawyer Kevin Marino was obtained by The Associated Press. The Record newspaper reports that a letter refusing to turn over documents was also sent by Kelly lawyer Michael Critchley.