Christie’s Bridge to the Past

An old controversy resurfaces for Trump's transition manager

Donald Trump picked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to head his transition team this week. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
Donald Trump picked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to head his transition team this week. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
Posted May 13, 2016 at 9:04am

Just as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was settling into his job running Donald Trump’s transition team, he has been dragged back into an old scandal in his home state.  

A fight over court documents scheduled to be released Friday but delayed until Tuesday has raised new questions about who in Christie’s inner circle was involved in the 2013 scheme to snarl commuter traffic for political reasons.   

Federal prosecutors are expected to release a list of people involved in the plan but never charged with a crime, the so-called list of unindicted co-conspirators , according to The (Bergen County) Record. A lawyer for a “John Doe,” is trying to block her client’s name from becoming public, saying that it would brand her client a felon.  

On Friday, the newspaper reported that Judge Susan Wigenton will consider that argument over the next few days and set a new deadline for proseuctors to turn over those names by noon Tuesday.  

Christie, a Republican, told reporters he did not expect his name to be included on the list. He has insisted that he didn’t know anything about the plan, the paper reports.  



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But the scandal may continue to haunt him. A court filing Thursday acknowledged that defense attorneys in the case have been given a second list of names , disclosing those who knew about the scheme but didn’t report it, the paper said.   

The scandal, dubbed “Bridgegate,”  undermined Christie’s presidential campaign and has plagued his second gubernatorial term. The governor dropped out of the GOP presidential race in February after the New Hampshire primary and soon endorsed Trump .   

On Monday, Trump named his former rival  as the head of his transition team.  



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Two members of Christie’s inner circle, 
Bill Baroni
, the former deputy director at the Port Authority and a onetime New Jersey state senator, and Bridget Anne Kelly
, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, are scheduled to go on trial in September for allegedly orchestrating almost a week of rush hour lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, a major commuter route between New Jersey and New York City.  

The plan was intended to punish a local mayor who had declined to endorse Christie’s second gubernatorial bid, prosecutors allege. A third figure, former Port Authority official and Christie ally David Wildstein , has pleaded guilty.  

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