WASHINGTON, October 13, 2016 – A federal judge has issued a summons to Governor Chris Christie over the Bridgegate scandal, which closed down the George Washington Bridge. The summons was filed by Judge Roy F. McGeady in municipal court. Christie continues to be plagued by this scandal as his friend and ally Donald Trump faces his own
Governor Christie has claimed innocence from the beginning that he knew nothing about a scheme devised by three top aides to create crippling traffic jams on the bridge as a political attack against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey.
The case now goes to the Bergen County prosecutor’s office, who will determine whether the case will be heard by a grand jury. Christie’s spokesman Brian Murray acknowledged that they will appeal the ruling immediately.
This is a dishonorable complaint filed by a known serial complainant and political activist with a history of abusing the judicial system. The simple fact is the Governor had no knowledge of the lane realignments either before they happened or while they were happening. This matter has already been thoroughly investigated by three separate independent investigations,” Murray said.
Two senior government officials under Christie were indicted last year – former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly and Port Authority Deputy Director Bill Baroni. Both received charges of conspiracy and fraud.
The complaint was filed by William J. Brennan, a retired firefighter and has been known to file lawsuits against government agencies. He accuses Governor Christie of failing to order subordinates to reopen access lane to the bridge.
According to Rutgers Law School Professor J.C. Lore III, citizens’ complaints are “relatively common” in New Jersey. Republicans have yet to see what fallout Christie will face when this scandal reaches a conclusion and whether it will impact his role in a possible Trump presidency. Throughout this scandal, it appeared Christie would get away with only a tarnished political resume but now the tables are turned and now he faces legal consequences.