New hearing ordered in Christie case
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.