Judge: Probable Cause to Charge Chris Christie in Bridgegate Scandal


New Jersey Governor Will Be Issued Summons to Appear in Court

A judge has found there is probable cause to charge Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal. Bergen County Superior Court Judge Roy McCready cited prior testimony from a federal trial of the New Jersey governor's top aides, who were convicted.

McCready agreed with a criminal complaint that "accuses the governor of failing to stop subordinates from purposely creating traffic jams to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse him," WNYC reports.

The complaint "was brought against Christie by William Brennan, a Bergen County activist who is now running for governor."  Brennan is "arguing that testimony during the Bridgegate trial last fall provided probable cause to charge the governor with official misconduct."

A statement released by Christie says the judge "has once again violated the Governor's constitutional rights," and "is violating the law, pure and simple."

"This concocted claim was investigated for three months by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which summarily dismissed it, after concluding that the very same evidence relied upon again by this judge was utter nonsense," the statement adds.

Christie is due in court March 10.

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