Judge: Christie case can proceed
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.”