Chris Christie has had himself an uneventful few months after many people, possibly including Christie himself, thought he was a strong vice presidential contender. But after his reportedly tense bromance with Donald Trump and an unrelated (but notable) change of heart on Bruce Springsteen, one of the New Jersey governor’s key blunders while in office is coming back to haunt him.
In 2013, Christie was embroiled in “Bridgegate,” a high scandal that saw him accused of closing access lanes on the George Washington Bridge. This maneuver created days full of traffic jams, all reportedly as a method of political revenge. (And as we have seen in the past, Christie is one to jump the gun if he gets irritated.) Christie and members of his office have continually denied of having any involvement in the controversy, but new court documents have revealed otherwise. Christie told reporters in 2013 he had nothing to do with Bridgegate:
“I’ve made it to very clear to everybody on my senior staff that if anyone had any knowledge about this that they needed to come forward to me and tell me about it, and they’ve all assured me that they don’t.”
The Daily Beast reported that once Christie made this announcement, staffer Christina Genovese Renna texted Christie’s attorney, Mark Sheridan, to ask, “Are you listening? He just flat out lied about senior staff and [Bill] Stepien not being involved.”