Gov. Chris Christie to appear in court over misconduct complaint

Gov. Chris Christie will appear before a Bergen County judge to answer for a citizen's complaint that he failed to put a stop to the closure of lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge in 2013.



Documents filed in New Jersey Superior Court Monday and publicized Wednesday show Christie's attorney agreed the governor would appear in Hackensack at a first appearance on Nov. 23.



Christie has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged in what federal prosecutors say was political payback against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for refusing to endorse the governor's 2013 re-election campaign. Two of Christie's former aides are on trial in the matter.



The complaint was brought by former Teaneck firefighter William Brennan. It alleges Christie failed to order subordinates to reopen the access lanes.



Christie's office has called Brennan a "serial complainant with a history of abusing the system."



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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