TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A key figure in the New Jersey bridge scandal that has led to investigations into Gov. Chris Christie's administration will attend the State of the Union speech.
Congressman Bill Pascrell has invited Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (SAHK'-oh-lich) to the House chamber for Tuesday's address.
Pascrell says he's not trying to send a message about the bridge scandal.
The Democrat tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1k0uvPk ) newspaper that he invited someone from Passaic County last year and wanted to ask someone from Bergen County this year. Pascrell says the mayor has exhibited a "standup attitude" on the bridge issue.
Officials are examining whether key Christie appointees ordered traffic lanes in Fort Lee leading to the George Washington Bridge closed because the mayor wouldn't endorse the Republican governor's re-election campaign.
Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com