Christie Disputes Ex-Aide’s Claim He ‘Lied’ About Bridgegate

Governor Chris Christie speaks at the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, USA, on July 19, 2016. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, includi... Governor Chris Christie speaks at the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, USA, on July 19, 2016. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protestors and members of the media. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/Sipa USA MORE LESS
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is disputing a former aide’s claim, made public in court filings Wednesday, that he “lied” about being certain his senior staffers had no knowledge of the 2013 Bridgegate scandal.

“I absolutely dispute it. It’s ridiculous. It’s nothing new,” Christie told reporters on Wednesday while leaving an interview with a sports talk radio show, according to the Associated Press. “There’s nothing new to talk about.”

Court documents submitted by lawyers for former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni included the transcript of a text message exchange between Christina Renna, Christie’s director of intergovernmental affairs at the time, and Peter Sheridan, then a staffer on the governor’s re-election campaign. In the texts, Renna said that Christie “flat out lied” when he told reporters his senior staff members had no knowledge of the plot to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge, which federal prosecutors say was politically motivated.

The texts were sent during a Dec. 13, 2013 press conference in which Christie assured the media that his top staffers and his re-election campaign manager were unaware of the scheme.

Baroni and a former deputy chief of staff to Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly, were indicted for their role in planning the lane closures and now face trial. Another former Christie appointee at the Port Authority, David Wildstein, struck a plea deal.

Christie has long denied he had any knowledge of the plot to close lanes on the bridge.

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  1. And this is news how??

  2. What happened with the talk of releasing the names of the unindicated co-conspirators in Bridgegate? Is that possibility still alive?

  3. Avatar for dont dont says:

    Cat is out of bag. Horse left barn. Crispie goin’ to jail!
    Perjury is not a good practice from a governor. I’ m from Illinois and I’ve seen my share of it.

  4. Things don’t look good for the Outlaw Jersey Whale…

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