WASHINGTON, October 13, 2016 — A federal judge has issued a summons to Governor Chris Christie over the Bridgegate scandal, raising more questions about when and what the Governor knew about the closing of the George Washington Bridge.
Christie has been unable to shake this scandal. He has claimed innocence in municipal court, saying 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.
— Brian Thompson (@brian4NY) October 13, 2016
The case now goes to the Bergen County prosecutor’s office, which will determine whether the case will go to a grand jury. Christie spokesman Brian Murray said 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.
That's great! It starts with Bridgegate, accusations of rape, tax escapes, nobody is not afraid
It's the end of the GOP as we know it
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) October 13, 2016
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 were charged with conspiracy and fraud.
The complaint was filed by William J. Brennan, a retired firefighter who has been known to file lawsuits against government agencies. He accuses Christie of failing to order subordinates to reopen an 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 Donald Trump presidency. Throughout this scandal, it appeared Christie would get away with only a tarnished political resume, but now he faces legal consequences.