Judge rules against appointing special prosecutor in Christie Bridge-Gate complaint

A udge ruled against appointing a special prosecutor in the Christie Bridge-Gate complaint.

A udge ruled against appointing a special prosecutor in the Christie Bridge-Gate complaint. (3/17/17)

HACKENSACK - A New Jersey judge has ruled for the third time that a special prosecutor won't be appointed to oversee a criminal complaint against Republican Gov. Chris Christie over the Bridge-Gate lane-closing scandal.

Friday's decision by State Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol dealt a defeat to the criminal misconduct complaint filed last fall by former firefighter and gubernatorial candidate William Brennan.

Brennan’s complaint alleged Christie failed to act to stop an alleged political retaliation plot against a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse him.

Three ex-Christie allies have been convicted or pleaded guilty.

Brennan argued although the state attorney general and Bergen County prosecutor, both appointed by Christie, removed themselves, their subordinates also would have a conflict of interest.

Brennan said in a statement following the decision, “The government of [New Jersey] is a racketeering influenced corrupt organization, I intend to change that with the help of fellow concerned citizens.”

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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