It now looks like the Republican Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, is one step closer to seeing the inside of a court room over his infamous “bridgegate” scandal as a judge decided to allow a case of misconduct to continue against the governor.
Judge Roy McGeady issued an October 13 ruling that the case of misconduct against Christie has merit to continue, so now the case will proceed to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and they will decide whether or not to convene a grand jury to consider whether to indict Christie, NBC New York reported.
“I’m satisfied that there’s probable cause to believe that an event of official misconduct was caused by Gov. Christie,” Judge McGeady said. “I’m going to issue the summons.”
For his part, Gov. Christie has always maintained he is innocent and even called this latest development a “dishonorable complaint filed by a serial complainant.”
Brian Murray, a spokesman for the governor, called the filing a “dishonorable complaint filed by a known serial complainant and political activist with a history of abusing the judicial system.” He added that Christie’s legal team plans to appeal the ruling.
“The simple fact is the Governor had no knowledge of the lane realignments either before they happened or while they were happening,” Murray said. “This matter has already been thoroughly investigated by three separate independent investigations.”
The suit Judge McCreedy ruled on was filed by activist Bill Brennan who does, indeed, have a long history of using the law to attack people.
The whole “bridgegate” scandal erupted when in September of 2013 state officials closed three toll lanes on the busy George Washington Bridge during a Monday morning rush hour.
The closures occurred where the bridge runs through Fort Lee, New Jersey, a town run by a Democrat mayor who has been highly critical of Republican Gov. Christie.
Even though Fort Lee officials were notified of the closures, Mayor Mark Sokolich alleged hat the closure was a “safety hazard” and that Christie’s office took the action to punish him for not endorsing Christie during the 2013 race for governor.
Thus far there have been a number of investigations into the incident and none have found Gov. Christie liable for any violations or found he is guilty of any corruption.
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