New Jersey governor Chris Christie reasserted his position on the infamous “bridgegate” scandal after two individuals were indicted by U.S. attorney Paul Fishman for closing lanes of traffic on the George Washington Bridge.
“Today’s charges make clear that what I’ve said from day one is true — I had no knowledge or involvement in the planning or execution of this act,” Christie said in an emailed statement to reporters.
Christie appeared eager to close the book on the 16 month investigation which damaged his political reputation in the media, hurting his approval ratings in the state after he won re-election by a wide margin.
When asked by reporters if Christie was now cleared in the matter, Fishman replied that there would not be any additional charges based on the evidence available to his office.
In his statement, Christie pointed to his leadership and cooperation in the investigation.
“The moment I first learned of this unacceptable behavior I took action, firing staff believed to be accountable, calling for an outside investigation and agreeing to fully cooperate with all appropriate investigations, which I have done,” he said.
Former Deputy executive director of the Port Authority Bill Baroni and his former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly were charged by the U.S. attorney for conspiracy to commit fraud.
Port Authority official David Wildstein pled guilty to the charges brought against him, including conspiracy to commit fraud.