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Former Christie regional re-election director gets subpoena in NJ lane-closure scandal

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hugs Amy Peters, of Manahawkin, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Manahawkin, N.J., as he meets with homeowners who lost their homes last year to Superstorm Sandy. Christie spoke to Superstorm Sandy victims one week after the meeting was hastily canceled because of a scandal over traffic jams that appear to have been manufactured by his aides. Christie and Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III announced a Sandy housing recovery milestone Thursday as the governor seeks to put the traffic scandal behind him. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)The Associated Press

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering of home owners Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Manahawkin, N.J., who were affected by last year's Superstorm Sandy. Christie spoke to Superstorm Sandy victims one week after the meeting was hastily canceled because of a scandal over traffic jams that appear to have been manufactured by his aides. Christie and Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III announced a Sandy housing recovery milestone Thursday as the governor seeks to put the traffic scandal behind him. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)The Associated Press

  • Amy Peters, of Manahawkin, N.J., wipes a tear as she is hugged by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Manahawkin, N.J., as he meets with homeowners who lost their homes last year to Superstorm Sandy. Christie spoke to Superstorm Sandy victims one week after the meeting was hastily canceled because of a scandal over traffic jams that appear to have been manufactured by his aides. Christie and Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III announced a Sandy housing recovery milestone Thursday as the governor seeks to put the traffic scandal behind him. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)The Associated Press

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hugs Amy Peters, of Manahawkin Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Manahawkin, N.J., as he meets with homeowners who lost their homes last year to Superstorm Sandy. Christie spoke to Superstorm Sandy victims one week after the meeting was hastily canceled because of a scandal over traffic jams that appear to have been manufactured by his aides. Christie and Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III announced a Sandy housing recovery milestone Thursday as the governor seeks to put the traffic scandal behind him. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)The Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2008 file photo, attorney Randy Mastro, right, argues a case in state Supreme Court in New York while New York City Corporation Counsel Stephen Kitzinger, left, listens. Gov. Chris Christie's administration hired Mastro's law firm on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 to assist with an internal review in the wake of an apparent political payback scandal in New Jersey. The firm will be looking into a plot that shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge for four days in September, 2013, causing massive traffic jams. (AP Photo/ Marc A. Hermann, Pool, File)The Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former regional political director for his re-election campaign is among those being subpoenaed in a widening political payback investigation.

The Associated Press has learned that Matt Mowers was among 20 people and organizations to be issued a subpoena Thursday as part of the state legislative investigation.

Mowers' subpoena seeks any emails and text messages he exchanged regarding a plot to shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge, creating traffic gridlock near Fort Lee.

The subpoena list will not be made public until everyone is served, probably Friday.

But the New Hampshire GOP, where Mowers recently started work as executive director, released a statement Thursday night saying Mowers had been subpoenaed and offering support for him.