Chris Christie Slapped With Criminal Summons. Could Face 10 Years In Prison
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) could be facing at least ten years in prison after a criminal summons was issued on Thursday in relation to his alleged involvement to the closure of two lanes on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in an act of political retaliation.
Roy McGeady, presiding judge of the municipal courts of Bergen County, found probable cause for a complaint of official misconduct against Gov. Chris Christie.
Under New Jersey court rules, a judge may issue a summons when he or she “finds from the complaint or an accompanying affidavit or deposition, that there is probable cause to believe that an offense was committed and that the defendant committed it and notes that finding on the summons.”
Bergen County contains Fort Lee, the town affected by the decision to close two lanes on the bridge. Christie aides orchestrated the lane closures after the town’s mayor, a Democrat, declined to endorse the governor for re-election.
Gov. Christie could be facing ten years in prison for each count of criminal misconduct. It is possible that Christie could be charged with multiple counts of misconduct and abuse of official capacity in office.
The case now goes to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which will determine if the case will lead to an indictment.
Christie’s Bridgegate behavior is a textbook violation of New Jersey law, which states a public servant can be imprisoned for up to ten years for criminal acts committed in their official capacity.
Evidence has shown that Christie was involved in the plan to political payback on those who had not endorsed him by closing lanes of the George Washington Bridge during rush hour.
The summons comes as David Wildstein, a former top Christie confidante, testified in a separate federal case that the governor knew about the closures.