While we keep hearing about Benghazi and Hillary’s email server, a real scandal, a Republican scandal, continues to sit simmering on the back burner. And now the heat has been turned to high again.
“Bridgegate,” the scandal surrounding the Chris Christie administration’s vindictive attempt to screw over a political opponent, is back in the news. And this time, things look serious for the man who is rumored to head the list to be Trump’s attorney general.
North Jersey reports a former Christie aide says the governor “flat-out lied” about his knowledge of the involvement of several members of his administration in the scandal. The event in question, a so-called “traffic study,” caused gridlock at the George Washington Bridge, the most traveled bridge in the world.
According to a court filing, Christina Renna, who once worked under Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, sent a text message to Pete Sheridan, a Christie campaign official. She wrote the message when she heard Christie deny during a press conference that members of his administration were involved in the 2013 “traffic study” which snarled traffic at the span for several days. The message, which Renna (who is referred to as “Christina Genovese” in the filing) later deleted, read:
Are you listening? He just flat out lied about senior staff and Stepien not being involved.
“Stepien” refers to Christie’s former chief of staff Bill Stepien.
Sheridan responded that the governor was “doing fine. Holding his own up there.” Renna replied with:
Yes. But he lied. And if emails are found with the subpoena or ccfg emails are uncovered in discovery if it comes to that it could be bad.
The texts were brought to light in papers filed by lawyers for former Port Authority official Bill Baroni. Baroni, along with Kelly, has been charged with federal crimes related to the scandal and is scheduled for trial in September. Baroni’s attorneys are attempting to get some of the evidence against him thrown out. They argue that prosecution attorneys are ignoring other evidence that would clear him, such as the texts between Renna and Sheridan.
Chris Christie hitched his wagon to that of Trump several months ago after dropping out of the presidential race. It was pretty obvious from that point that the former federal prosecutor would like to be The Donald’s attorney general. Due to that desire, Christie has tried to put the “Bridgegate” scandal behind him, and until now it looked like he may have succeeded. At this moment the election of Donald Trump is looking very unlikely, so Christie’s dream of a Washington job may be going up in smoke. With Democrats in control of New Jersey’s state legislature, the question for Christie now may be whether he can hang on until the end of his term as governor without getting impeached.
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