TODAY | January 17, 2014
>> 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