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TODAY   |  January 17, 2014

17 subpoenas issued in NJ bridge scandal

Three organizations and 17 people are receiving subpoenas in the investigation into the bridge traffic scandal that rocked New Jersey and its governor, Chris Christie. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>> new developments in the bridge backup scandal that's rocked the state of new jersey and its governor chris christie . 17 people and three organizations are now being issued subpoenas as part of the investigation. kelly o'donnell in trenton, new jersey, with the latest. good morning, kelly.

>> reporter: good morning, natalie. and the committee will release the names later today after the subpoenas have been served. the list includes current and former staffers in christie 's inner circle , his campaign and port authority . both the committee and the office of the governor have brought in former federal prosecutors to assist while the governor is on the move.

>> reporter: arriving at a private home thursday night, governor chris christie attended a fundraiser for a fellow republican. just hours after state lawmakers launched a special committee .

>> there's been an abuse of power.

>> reporter: and issued 20 subpoenas aimed at christie 's inner circle , his campaign and the port authority . to find out more about who ordered the traffic lane closures and why.

>> there's no intention right now to subpoena the governor.

>> reporter: christie did not take questions about the bridge traffic scandal.

>> governor, can you be as effective given the investigation?

>> reporter: but he said plenty that referenced the troubles. while visiting hurricane sandy survivors at the jersey shore .

>> there are a few more cameras here today than we might have originally thought for a sandy event.

>> reporter: christie promised that nothing would distract him from his day job .

>> this is where i intend to spend the rest of my life. and whatever test they put in front of me, i will meet those tests because i'm doing it on your behalf.

>> reporter: and governor christie does his second job this weekend. headed to florida to do five fund raising events in two days for the republican governor rick scott and the head