BREAKING: Judge Signs Criminal Summons for Chris Christie

BREAKING: Judge Signs Criminal Summons for Chris Christie


As first reported by NBC News on Thursday morning, a Bergen County judge has reportedly issued what’s called a ‘probable cause’ criminal summons related to alleged official misconduct by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie….

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-8The complaint at the heart of this court proceeding was filed by a Teaneck firefighter over the September 13th incident later referred to colloquially as Bridgegate. Today’s ruling allows the criminal complaint to move forward.

“I’m satisfied that there’s probable cause to believe that an event of official misconduct was caused by Gov. Christie,” Municipal Presiding Judge Roy McGeady explained in open court. “I’m going to issue the summons.”

In New Jersey, official misconduct is a second-degree offense carrying the potential of a 5-to-10 year prison sentence.

A spokesman for Governor Christie told ABC News’s New York affiliate that the ruling will be appealed.

This matter isn’t related, from a procedural vantage point, to the ongoing prosecution of two former Christie associates in federal court. Politically-motivated lane closings in Fort Lee, New Jersey, are the common thread. Lawyers for Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelley both claim the N.J. Governor knew more about the incident than he has admitted publicly.

Click here for the original breaking story.

Here, too, for more background.


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