Christie Impeachment Mulled by Democrats in NJ Assembly

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) insisted for three years that he did not know anything about the closure of two lanes entering the George Washington Bridge at Fort Lee that led to a massive traffic jam for four days. The traffic jam was deliberately created by several of Christie’s close associates to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie during his re-election campaign in 2013. It became known as the Bridgegate scandal.

The trial of the two defendants, Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Port Authority of NY and NJ official appointed by the governor, started off last week with both the prosecutor and the defense attorney stating that Christie knew about the traffic jams while they were happening.

Assembly members, who prefer to remain anonymous, said that Christie knew more during and after the traffic snarl than he told the public. A committee chairman, not named, said “obstruction of justice” would be the likely charge for impeachment. He said the assembly is studying how to proceed and speculates that there is a 50/50 chance it will come to that stage. Speaker of the Assembly Vincent Prieto (D) would have to approve, following a recommendation of the judiciary committee. The response from a Christie spokesman: “Ridiculous.”

Christie was a candidate for president during the primaries, dropping out and becoming an advisor to Donald Trump. Christie told MSNBC that he was dropped from consideration for vice president on Trump’s ticket due to the Bridgegate scandal.

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