Donald Trump campaign staffer among bridge case witnesses

Ray Hunter
September 23, 2016

Chris Christie, a top Donald Trump surrogate and leader of the Republican nominee's presidential transition team, could face impeachment hearings in his home state of New Jersey over his involvement in the so-called Bridgegate scandal, NBC New York reported Friday. He has denied having prior knowledge of the scheme.

A Christie spokesman offered a one-word response to the report: "Ridiculous".

Matt Mowers (MOW'-ers) could testify for the prosecution on Thursday.

Some members of the Democrat-controlled Assembly believe testimony in the George Washington Bridge scandal trial suggests the Republican governor had knowledge of the infamous lane closures in Fort Lee as they were happening, NBC 4 NY reports.

Spokespeople for Christie were not immediately available to comment.

Christie has denied that the two had a close relationship, but Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye testified that Wildstein was "protected" by Christie at the Port Authority.

Just before the start of what could be a week of testimony from Wildstein, a tractor-trailer jackknifed on the George Washington Bridge, leading to a fuel spill that closed some lanes going to New Jersey.

Kelly has said her emails were meant to be sarcastic.

The spreadsheet included a list of favors done for elected officials, such as giving their town a piece of steel from the World Trade Center or inviting officials to sit in the governor's box at sporting events.

Prosecutors say that Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly conspired to shut down access lanes to the bridge in Fort Lee to punish Sokolich for not endorsing Christie's 2013 re-election.

The state constitution is vague in terms of the requirements for impeachment, saying only that "the Governor and all other State officers, while in office and for two years thereafter, shall be liable to impeachment for misdemeanor committed during their respective continuance in office".

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