News

Internal investigation clears Christie in bridge scandal

Internal investigation clears Christie in bridge scandal

CHRIS CHRISTIE:The internal review was conducted by a law firm hired by Christie, whose top staffers have been accused of planning the traffic tie-up at the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 as political payback after the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, declined to endorse Christie's re-election. Photo: Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An investigation commissioned by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie into the “Bridgegate” scandal on Thursday cleared the potential Republican presidential contender of wrongdoing and blamed key staffers for orchestrating the massive traffic jam.

The internal review was conducted by a law firm hired by Christie, whose top staffers have been accused of planning the traffic tie-up at the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 as political payback after the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, declined to endorse Christie’s re-election.

“Our investigation found that Governor Christie did not know of the lane realignment beforehand and had no involvement in the decision to realign the lanes,” said the report by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which has close ties to the Christie administration.

New Jersey lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey are undertaking parallel investigations into the traffic tie-up.

The 344-page report said the two-month internal investigation involved 250,000 documents and 70 interviews, but excluded the two main players in the scandal – Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Stepien, Christie’s former campaign manager.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere and Barbara Goldberg; editing by Gunna Dickson)

Recent Headlines

in National

FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats

fbiwanted

The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice shows.

in Lifestyle

TOP 5: Worst things to buy online

16-overlay7

Money expert Matt Granite explores what items are best purchased online and what items are better left to the in-store shopping experience.

in Sports

NBA in Africa? ‘Stay tuned,’ for regular-season game

nbaallstar

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says "stay tuned" for a regular-season game in Africa as Chris Paul and others prepare to play the league's first exhibition on the continent.

in Sports

Boston’s bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

bostonredsox

After the winter of their discontent, it's been one bummer of a summer for Bostonians.

in Sports

WATCH: Annual Virginia pony swim

11-overlay21

"Salt water cowboys" round up dozens of horses for the tradition off the Virginia coast, now in its 90th year.