Thursday, October 13, 2016
BREAKING Judge Issues Criminal Summons for Christie Over Bridgegate
A New Jersey judge has issued a criminal summons for Gov. Chris Christie in connection to his role in the George Washington Bridge scandal, reports The New York Post.
Judge Roy McGeady issued a probable cause summons for Christie, saying there’s evidence to show he might have known aides were up political shenanigans and did nothing to stop it.
It comes weeks after activist Bill Brennan filed a complaint against Christie citing official misconduct. Brennan said he filed the complaint over the fallout from the 2013 Bridgegate lane closures, which he said cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
“Defendant Christopher J. Christie knowingly refrained from ordering that his subordinates take all necessary action to reopen local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, New Jersey, that had been closed with purposed to injure Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, along with Fort Lee residents who were deprived of the benefit and enjoyment of their community as a consequence of this intentional evil minded act taken by public officials acting on the authority vested in them by the Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey,” according to Brennan’s complaint.
Spectators in the courtroom who were mostly there for minor criminal violations applauded after the judge’s ruling, NJ.com reported.
Official misconduct is considered a second-degree offense in New Jersey and carries a possible sentence of five to 10 years.
An initial court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 24.
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