Judge: Christie case can pro­ceed

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A New Jersey judge ruled for the sec­ond time that a crim­i­nal com­plaint against Gov. Chris Christie can go for­ward, say­ing Thurs­day that there’s ev­i­dence to es­tab­lish that the Repub­li­can had rea­son to be­lieve lane clos­ings at the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Bridge in 2013 were more than just a rou­tine traf­fic study and failed to take ac­tion to stop it.

Mu­nic­i­pal Judge Roy McGeady’s ruled that there is prob­a­ble cause to charge Christie with of­fi­cial mis­con­duct for fail­ing to act to stop the lane clo­sures and the sub­se­quent traf­fic grid­lock, part of an al­leged po­lit­i­cal ret­ri­bu­tion scheme against a Demo­cratic mayor who didn’t en­dorse Christie.

The judge set a March 10 date for Christie to an­swer the crim­i­nal sum­mons. Christie’s of­fice called McGeady’s rul­ing “a com­plete non-event.”

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