New Jersey judge merges 2 BridgeGate related cases

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a crowd in this photo provided by the Associated Press.

March 18, 2014 5:56:33 AM PDT
For an upcoming hearing, a judge has merged the cases of two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie who say they shouldn't be forced to share documents with lawmakers investigating a political payback scandal.

State Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled Tuesday that she would consider the cases of former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly and former campaign manager Bill Stepien together on March 11.

Lawyers for both have said they should not have to give documents to the lawmakers in part because of their right not to self-incriminate. Federal prosecutors are looking into the same case.

The judge also ruled that Kelly's lawyer can have three additional days to file legal arguments. They're now due March 6.