N. J. JUDGE: CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST CHRIS CHRISTIE’S BRIDGEGATE SCANDAL CAN GO FORWARD

A New Jersey judge has ruled that a criminal complaint against Gov. Chris Christie over the Bridgegate scandal can go forward.

Applause erupted in the courtroom when Municipal Court Judge Roy McGeady announced his ruling Thursday.

Christie spokesman Brian Murray said McGeady violated the governor’s constitutional rights and ignored an earlier decision that finding probable cause was flawed.

In October, McGeady ruled there was probable cause for retired firefighter William Brennan’s misconduct complaint against Christie to proceed, but a higher court judge disagreed and sent it back to be reconsidered.

“The judge is violating the law, pure and simple,” Murray said. “This concocted claim was investigated for three months by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which summarily dismissed it, after concluding that the very same evidence relied upon again by this judge was utter nonsense. That is exactly what it is. The law requires this judge to have done the same. This is a complete non-event.”

Brennan’s complaint accuses Christie of failing to stop subordinates from purposely creating traffic jams in 2013 as an act of political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who didn’t endorse Christie’s re-election bid.

On Thursday, McGeady quoted from testimony from the federal trial of two former Christie aides, who were convicted of conspiracy and other charges in November, before ruling there was probable cause to believe Christie knew the lane reductions were more than just a routine traffic study.

Christie has denied knowledge of the scheme until weeks or months later.

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