Christina Renna Discounts Bridget Anne Kelly as Bridge-gate 'Architect'

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:12 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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Christina Renna, former aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who worked directly under former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, recently testified before a legislative panel investigating the closure of the George Washington Bridge.

According to The New York Times, "While Ms. Renna said on Tuesday that she did not believe that Ms. Kelly was, as Mr. Christie has sought to describe her, the 'architect' of the lane closings, her testimony over five hours did not establish who might have been."

Christie fired Kelly in early January after emails linked her to lane closings thought to be retribution for Democrat Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich not endorsing Christie's reelection campaign. One email she sent to former Port Authority Director David Wildstein said that it was "time for some traffic problems."

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Christie denies any knowledge of the plot, claiming it was concocted and executed by rogue staffers who have since been punished.

"I wouldn't say she was the architect, but she was instrumental in the process," Renna said of Kelly before the panel. "She was just not a decision-maker."

The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that Kelly won a court battle to quash the panel's subpoena for documents and has repeatedly refused to answer their questions.

"I had no knowledge or involvement in the bridge lane closures, but I do know IGA [the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Kelly headed]," Renna said during testimony. She said Christie's office was "amazingly nonpartisan" and she cited the administration's "proactive, consistent, inventive" response to Hurricane Sandy.

She also said Kelly asked her to delete an email in December in which she expressed pleasure at the mayor's frustration with the traffic. She deleted it, but saved a copy before doing so, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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