Nightly News   |  January 11, 2014

Christie's Bridge Over Troubled Political Water

New documents renew questions about what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew and when he knew it. NBC News' Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>>> and we turn now to the scandal involving new jersey governor chris christie and more revelations emerge from hundreds of pages of documents from officials in the administration. it all relates to the huge traffic jams on the george washington bridge in september.

>> reporter: good evening, lester, these documents paint a more vivid picture inside the agencies and the frustration that happened after the closures, moves that may have been done to harm christie 's political adversaries, and tonight there is information that goes a step closer to the governor. scrambling to keep the lid on is how one new jersey newspaper today described the e-mail trail. where christie -appointed officials had tried to blunt news coverage of that four-day bumper to bumper traffic jam . two words, importance, high, found on one e-mail in a trove of documents, add a previously unknown link to governor christie 's inner circle , his next chief of staff.

>> regina has done an extraordinary job.

>> reporter: that same day, christie said this about his team.

>> in this job, you're only as good as people around you.

>> reporter: christie maintains he knew nothing about the mess.

>> i knew nothing about this until it started to be reported in the papers about the closure, but even then i was told this was a traffic study.

>> reporter: that new link, the importance high e-mail was simply forwarded to regina agia. from bill baroni , who since resigned, significant because it contained a blistering complaint from patrick foye, who blasted the lane closure, saying i will get to the bottom of this decision. no evidence emerged that christie 's aide ever read that harsh rebuke or told the governor about it. others raised the idea of impeachment.

>> using the bridge to exact a political vendetta is a crime. having people use their official position to have a political gain is a crime. and so if those tie back into the governor in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense.

>> reporter: and so more fallout for the governor. state lawmakers are pushing off a confirmation hearing for his pick to be the next attorney general. that man is the current out-going chief of staff, kevin o 'doud, who so far has not been linked to this scandal. so far, no new comment from christie 's administration.