"I can think of no lawful way the committee can obtain documents responsive to its subpoena from Mr. Stepien," Marino wrote. "Stated simply, his principled objections to the subpoena raise significant legal issues that are no less valid because they here arise in the contest of a politically charged investigation."Now, before you jump down Stepien's throat, put yourself in his shoes. If you had been Christie's top political aide during the lane closures, and you thought you could get out of answering a subpoena for documents related to the lane closures, wouldn't you give it a shot, too?
He went on, "Hence, I respectfully suggest that if the committee persists in its refusal to withdraw the subpoena, we confer an orderly process and schedule for seeking a judicial determination as to the validity of those objections."
Yes, I understand you're not the kind of person who would have put yourself in a position where you'd want to prevent documents like that from being revealed. But if you were that kind of a person, wouldn't you want to keep them secret? The answer is obvious—and it's exactly why the rest of us want to see them.