Prosecutor: ‘Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closings As They Happened’
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) may be in hot water after new Bridgegate revelations surfaced in the scandal’s opening trial.
Prosecutors assigned to the case dropped a bombshell Monday, revealing that “Christie knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closures as they happened in 2013,” The New York Times reported.
“Gov. Christie (R) knew that members of his administration were involved in a dangerous and vindictive plan to shut down lanes of the busy George Washington Bridge in 2013,” prosecutors said.
The George Washington Bridge, which connects Manhattan to Fort Lee, New Jersey, is the busiest in the country. So it was significant when, in September 2013, two of the three access lanes were shut down.
Christie officials tried to claim that the closures were part of a traffic study – an excuse that was soon debunked. The real motive was revealed shortly afterward: Political payback.
The U.S. attorney’s office made the revelation Monday for the first time, in the opening of a trial for two Christie administration officials accused of carrying out the plot and then covering up.
According to The Huffington Post, the aides’ lawyers have also said Christie knew what they were doing as it was happening, which Christie denies.
“He just flat out lied about it,” Christie staffer Christina Renna texted. “And if emails are found it could be bad,” she added.
Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, are currently on trial, reported the Post.