NJ Judge Finds Probable Cause to Charge Christie in Bridge Closing Scandal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie / AP
February 16, 2017

A New Jersey judge has found probable cause to charge Governor Chris Christie with official misconduct for his ties to the "Bridgegate" scandal, the New York Post reported on Thursday.

Judge Roy McCready of the Bergen County Superior Court cited testimony from two former Christie aides that were convicted in the revenge plot against the mayor who refused to endorse Christie in his gubernatorial reelection bid.

Christie spokesman Brian Murray said the evidence that Judge McCready used was "utter nonsense."

"This concocted claim was investigated for three months by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which summarily dismissed it, after concluding that the very same evidence relied upon again by this judge was utter nonsense," spokesman Brian Murray said.

Christie has repeatedly denied any knowledge of his staffers' involvement with the bridge closing scheme until the following year.

Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni were convicted in November 2016 for shutting down entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie. Kelly served as Christie's deputy chief of staff while Baroni was the governor's appointment to the Port Authority.

Kelly infamously wrote an email to Baroni saying, 'Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

Kelly and Baroni were found guilty of all seven charges including conspiracy to misuse Port Authority resources.

In January 2014, several New Jersey residents filed lawsuits against Christie claiming that the massive traffic incident was caused by deliberate actions.

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