Impeachment Charges “Ridiculous” Says Christie

With only two years to go in his final term as New Jersey governor, Chris Christie now has to worry about whether the Democrat-controlled state assembly will move forward with plans to impeach him over the so-called Bridgegate scandal. Remember that one? 2013 lane closures on the heavily-traveled George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York City turned out to be a political vendetta to create chaos.

The question is whether or not Christie had knowledge of the scheme. The republican governor claims he didn’t, but a key witness who has already pled guilty to knowledge of the scheme appears ready to testify in court that the governor’s denial doesn’t hold water. A source spoke to NBC 4 in New York, estimating there was about a 50-50 chance that Articles of Impeachment would be filed for obstruction of justice.

The decision on whether or not to take an impeachment vote against the sitting governor resides in the hands of Speaker Vincent Prieto. A majority vote of the 80 member assembly would be needed to proceed. Christie’s impeachment trial, if it comes to pass, would take place in the state senate, where two-thirds of the senators would have to vote in the affirmative to convict.

The scrum takes on a more national meaning when considering Christie’s role of advisor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Rumors are circulating that Christie might in in line for attorney general in the event Trump is elected.

A spokesman summed up Governor Christie opinion on the matter with a single word: “Ridiculous.”

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