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Chris Christie ‘Flat Out Lied’ About ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal

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Chris Christie ‘Flat Out Lied’ About ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former aide to Chris Christie said in a text message that the New Jersey governor “flat out lied” when he said senior staff members were not involved in the “Bridgegate” scandal in 2013, according to a court filing on Wednesday.

The new details were revealed in a document filed in New Jersey federal court by Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who is one of two former Christie allies facing criminal charges in the case.

Speculation has persisted for years about whether Christie or members of his staff were aware of the alleged plot to close two New York City-bound lanes at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee as retribution against the town’s mayor, who had refused to back Christie’s re-election campaign.

Christie addressed the controversy at a Dec. 13, 2013, news conference, a day after the state legislature issued several subpoenas in its investigation of the lane closures.

“I’ve made it very clear to everybody on my senior staff that if anyone had any knowledge about this that they needed to come forward to me and tell me about it, and they’ve all assured me that they don’t,” Christie said at the time.

Christina Renna, former director of Christie’s intergovernmental affairs office, immediately sent a text message to Peter Sheridan, a member of Christie’s re-election campaign, according to the filing.

“Are you listening? He just flat out lied about senior staff and Stepien not being involved,” her first text said, referring to Bill Stepien, who managed Christie’s two gubernatorial campaigns.

In a subsequent text, Renna said “it could be bad” if emails were later uncovered through a subpoena or court discovery.

Christie’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The governor, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, has denied any knowledge of the alleged scheme.

Renna, now vice president of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, and Sheridan, who is working for the state Republican Party, also did not immediately respond.

Stepien could not immediately be reached for comment.

Jury selection will begin Sept. 12 for Baroni and Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, who face charges including conspiracy and fraud. Another former Port Authority official, David Wildstein, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with federal prosecutors.

The details of the texts came in a filing by Baroni’s lawyers seeking to exclude certain evidence from trial.

The document said it “appears to be clear” that Renna deleted the texts and did not disclose their existence when she testified under oath before lawmakers.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Bill Trott)

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a forum for lower polling candidates held by Fox Business Network before the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

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16 Comments

  1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

    either put the beached whale in a small cell with his sneaky staff or let him sleep on the NJ shore and let green peace roll him back in the water never to return . all the people CC dealt with in courts as a DA ill bet he wishes that it would of been as easy as it will be to find him self guilty and put him in jail .

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  2. jmprint August 10, 2016

    oh look more deleted emails, hmmmmm. They are so transparent we can see right through them.

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    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

      so thick with fat one has to look through his empty head . ive called this back in the daY WHEN IT WAS ALL STARTED . sad its taking so long to get taken care of and the beached whale is still in that office ??/

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      1. jmprint August 10, 2016

        Actually I thought he would be gone by March, but I never realized how many ignorant people there are in the republican field.

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        1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

          did the people elect him for another term ? the whole GOP is the gang of idiot party

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          1. Sand_Cat August 10, 2016

            I’d like to say otherwise, but it was a lot of DEMs who re-elected the SOB. NJ is a blue state, with two DEM senators.
            I realize that Dems tend to be more educated and intelligent people who at least try to be fair and see past the heat of the moment (at least moreso than today’s Republicans), but there’s still no excuse for the re-election. Like Bush’s re-election in Florida after it became clear he had done everything he could to shaft potential Dem voters and rig the election in 2000, but then, his older brother’s election in 2004 is the most incredible of all.

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          2. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            yes the DIRTY BUSH re-election was B/S

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        2. RED August 11, 2016

          Do you actually believe there is another kind of Republican besides ignorant ones?? There are not. Being informed, intelligent, possessing decency are traits that are mutually exclusive from being a member of the Republican Party.

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      2. Daniel Jones August 10, 2016

        Only because he’s wedged in there.

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        1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

          and there’s not enough grease in the state to get him out

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  3. Jon August 10, 2016

    Don’t worry Chris. Donnie has your back. Many people have said that he is the best when it comes to dealing with deleted emails. They say his buddy Putin knows some hackers he can rely on.

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  4. johninPCFL August 10, 2016

    He’s kind of like Pinnochio – except his waist grows instead of his nose.

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  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

    it should be written out as a FAT OUT LIE

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  6. Vocalic Scissors August 10, 2016

    Sorry Christie! Your friends are running out to the doors! They are saying that you are a BIG FAT LIAR! How fitting!

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  7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 10, 2016

    Thank you, Christie, for demonstrating how lying and lack of a trustworthy character are endemic in America, and especially in American politics.

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  8. A. D. Reed August 10, 2016

    Christie lied?

    I’m shocked … shocked.

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