Ex-Christie aide denies role N.J. ‘Bridgegate’ scandal
A former aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie testified Tuesday that she’d no participation within an obviously politically motivated traffic jam orchestrated by leading partners of the prominent likely and Republican presidential contender.
Christina Genovese Renna was subpoenaed with a state legislative section in Trenton examining who within the governor’s company knew of a want to close lanes about the George Washington Bridge, evidently to punish a Democratic mayor who did not assistance Christie’s re-election.
The shutdown over four days last September caused massive gridlock within the borough of Fort Lee, close to the bridge connecting Nj to Nyc.
Christie has adamantly denied any understanding of the plan, however the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal has injured his recognition as he thinks a possible 2016 White House bid.
Renna, who resigned this season as Christie’s representative of intergovernmental affairs, claimed under oath that she’d “no understanding of or participation within the bridge lane closures.”
She also advised the bipartisan panel she’d been informed by her superiors to avoid speaking with certain mayors and also to keep an eye on which elected representatives recommended Christie.
A number of Christie’s close partners, including his former deputy chief of team Bridget Anne Kelly, have already been accused of orchestrating the traffic jams to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee who did not back the governoris re-election.
Kelly wrote the now-notorious email stating it had been “period for many traffic issues in Fort Lee.”
Renna, who claimed to Kelly, said her former superior had an “problem” with Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich but couldn’t explain why.
Kelly’s email obviously granting the street closures was delivered to David Wildstein, a former Christie appointee in the Port Authority of Nj and Ny, which runs link operations.
Wildstein it is seeking health within the state legislative probe and has been accused of orchestrating the plan.
A chest of files Wildstein switched to the screen features a message from Renna to Kelly stating Sokolich was “extremely upset” concerning the traffic jams in his city, which emergency responders were being delayed.
Along with their state probe, the U.S. Attorney’s Company in Nj is considering whether a national legislation was broken-in the traffic plan.
Christie dismissed parted ways and Kelly with previous campaign manager Bill Stepien, following the scandal broke. Last year Wildstein, resigned in the company.