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Christie's Bridgegate Denial: He 'Flat Out Lied,' Texted Ex-Aide

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 11 Aug 2016 10:57 AM

Chris Christie "flat out lied" on his staff's involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing known as Bridgegate, a former aide texted live to another during the New Jersey governor's televised denial about the scandal, according to court documents.

Ex-aide Christina Renna's comment came in a text exchange with staffer Peter Sheridan and was included in court filings in the case against Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, who are accused of orchestrating the lane closures, The Associated Press reported.

Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, are accused of intentionally creating traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey, after its Democratic mayor didn't endorse Christie for re-election. They face charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and civil rights violations.

Christie denies that he lied.

"I absolutely dispute it. It's ridiculous. It's nothing new," Christie told reporters, according to the AP. "There's nothing new to talk about."

During the text exchange during the Dec. 13, 2013, news conference, Renna said, "Are you listening? He just flat out lied about senior staff and (former campaign manager Bill) Stepien not being involved," The Wall Street Journal reported.

Sheridan replied, "I’m listening. Gov is doing fine. Holding his own up there."

Renna went on to text, "Yes. But he lied. And if emails are found with the subpoena or ccfg emails are uncovered in discovery if it comes to that it could be bad."

Neither Christie nor Stepien, who now runs a Republican think tank, have been charged.

The text exchange is the first piece of evidence suggesting Christie knew about the lane-closing scheme, The New York Times reported.

Renna could face legal consequences for deleting the text and failing to turn the evidence over to investigators, the Times said.

"It is unclear when they were deleted and whether it was before or after federal prosecutors announced on Jan. 9, 2014, that they were investigating the matter," the Times said.

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Chris Christie "flat out lied" on his staff's involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing known as Bridgegate, a former aide texted live to another during the New Jersey governor's televised denial about the scandal, according to court documents.
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