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Christie Ordered To Appear In Court Over Bridgegate Criminal Complaint

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bergen County regarding a criminal complaint alleging that the governor committed official misconduct and ordered the George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing the governor’s 2013 re-election bid.

The governor is scheduled to appear in court in Hackensack on Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m., according to a motion filed Monday by the Bergen County prosecutor’s office.

Two former Christie aides who are accused of shutting local access lanes testified in court that Christie was told about the George Washington Bridge lane closings — and that they were done “to punish a mayor who had declined to endorse him for re-election.”

Mr. Christie, the witness recalled, laughed at the move, according to the New York Times.

The closings of the access lanes continued for two more days, creating a catastrophic traffic jam that created gridlock for emergency vehicles, school buses and commuters in Fort Lee, N.J.

But Mr. Christie made no effort to reopen the lanes and end the gridlock.

Instead, his former ally said, the governor was clearly delighted and seemed to savor the scheme. And after learning that the Fort Lee mayor’s persistent and urgent calls for help were being ignored, Mr. Christie said in a sarcastic tone, “I imagine he wouldn’t get his calls returned.”

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