Judge Rules Misconduct Complaint Against Christie Can Proceed

Feb 16, 2017

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Credit Phil Gregory

A New Jersey judge has ruled a criminal case against Governor Christie involving the 2013 lane closures on the George Washington Bridge can go forward.

Municipal court judge Roy McGeady determined there’s probable cause to believe Christie knew the lane restrictions were more than just a routine traffic study.

The complaint filed by former firefighter William Brennan accuses Christie of failing to stop subordinates from purposely creating traffic jams to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing the governor’s reelection campaign.

Christie has denied knowing about the scheme until weeks later.

The governor’s office says the claim was investigated for three months by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office and dismissed after concluding the same evidence the municipal judge relied on is utter nonsense.

Two former Christie aides were convinced in November for their roles in the bridge scandal.