New hear­ing or­dered in Christie case

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

NE­WARK, N.J. — A New Jer­sey judge on Thurs­day or­dered a new hear­ing on a crim­i­nal-mis­con­duct com­plaint against Repub­li­can Gov. Chris Christie in the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Bridge lane-clos­ing scandal, rul­ing that a lower court wrongly found prob­a­ble cause for the case to pro­ceed.

State Su­pe­rior Court Judge Bon­nie Miz­dol re­versed the mu­nic­i­pal court find­ing of prob­a­ble cause and sent the case back to the lower court for a new hear­ing on the mat­ter. In her rul­ing, Miz­dol also re­fused a re­quest from Christie’s at­tor­neys to dis­miss the cit­i­zen’s com­plaint en­tirely.

The com­plaint, filed by for­mer Tea­neck fire­fighter Wil­liam Bren­nan, ac­cuses Christie of fail­ing to act to re­open the lanes that were or­dered closed in an al­leged po­lit­i­cal re­venge plot to pun­ish a mayor who didn’t en­dorse Christie in 2013.

Two of Christie’s for­mer aides were con­victed in fed­eral court in Novem­ber. He has de­nied wrong­do­ing and was never charged in the case.

Christie’s of­fice and the gov­er­nor’s at­tor­ney, Craig Carpen­ito, didn’t re­spond to re­quests for com­ment Thurs­day.

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