Chris Christie Claims Vindication After Bridgegate Charges


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took to Twitter Friday to claim vindication after U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced charges against three of the Governor’s former allies but not against Christie himself.

Fishman announced charges against the Governor’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly and against Port Authority official Bill Baroni. In addition, another Port Authority official, David Wildstein, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy for his role in the lane closures.

The New York Times reported that outside the courtroom, Wildstein’s lawyer claimed Christie “knew of the lane closures as they occurred” but added he was “not in a position to talk about the matter in detail.”

U.S. Attorney Fishman would not respond directly to these claims but did say, “Based on the evidence that is currently available to us we’re not going to charge anybody else in this scheme.” Fishman also said the investigation would remain open.

Christie, on Twitter, claimed vindication, saying the charges matched with what he had claimed was true all along:





Christie also took the opportunity to highlight a claim of vindication by Randy Mastro, an attorney who completed a separate investigation into the Bridgegate scandal last year.

Mastro’s report on the scandal was published last March. It found no evidence that Governor Christie was involved with efforts to close lanes on the bridge.