Bergen County prosecutor won’t pursue charges against Christie for Bridge-Gate case

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office says it will not pursue charges against Gov. Chris Christie in connection with the Bridge-Gate lane-closing case.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office will not prosecute Gov. Christie in relation to the Bridge-Gate case.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office will not prosecute Gov. Christie in relation to the Bridge-Gate case. (1/27/17)

HACKENSACK - The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office says it will not pursue charges against Gov. Chris Christie in connection with the Bridge-Gate lane-closing case.

The decision comes after Democratic gubernatorial candidate William Brennan filed a citizens’ complaint against the governor in September for his alleged connections to the case. Brennan says that Gov. Christie “refrained from ordering that his subordinates take all necessary action to reopen local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.”

Two allies of the governor were convicted on federal charges in the scandal. Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni were accused of purposely closing the access lanes in Fort Lee in an effort to create traffic jams. This was supposedly done to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Gov. Christie’s 2013 re-election campaign.

Christie has continuously denied any knowledge or participation in the plot. He was not indicted on federal charges.

In a letter to Bergen County Judge Bonnie Mizdol, the Bergen County prosecutor stated that office chose not to pursue county charges “based on our review of the evidence and our ethical obligations.”

The prosecutor also stated that Brennan, a private citizen, “may not prosecute serious crimes.”

A spokesman for the governor released a statement, “The governor is gratified that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has ended this baseless fiasco began by Mr. Brennan and perpetuated by Judge McGeady. After a thorough review, the prosecutor’s office was crystal clear: There is no basis for this charge against the governor and there was no basis for Judge McGeady to ever have found otherwise. It is right and appropriate that this injustice against the governor is finally over.”

A hearing on Brennan's complaint is still scheduled for Feb. 2. Brennan has petitioned the court for a special prosecutor.

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