A state court on Thursday revived a public records fight against Gov. Chris Christie, finding members of his administration could be on the hook for civil penalties for withholding e-mails about the Bridgegate scandal from the media.
The three-judge appeals panel reinstated two lawsuits brought by North Jersey Media Group, which publishes The Record newspaper, alleging the Governor’s Office engaged in a pattern and practice of hiding public documents in violation of state records law.
Under state law, a government worker who “knowingly and willfully” blocks access to public records faces fines starting at $1,000 for the first violation. Read more at NJ.com.