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Former Aide: Christie 'Lied' During 'Bridge-gate' Press Briefing

Former Aide: Christie 'Lied' During 'Bridge-gate' Press Briefing

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:35 PM

A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie said the controversial New Jersey Republican "flat out lied" in a newly disclosed text message sent during a news briefing when the governor said no one on his staff knew about closing lanes to the George Washington Bridge in what has become known as "Bridge-gate."

Former Christie allies Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelley face trial in September for allegedly conspiring to close access lanes to tie up traffic in retaliation for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich's refusal to endorse the governor's re-election bid. Both have pleaded not guilty. Another Christie associate, David Wildstein, pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

"Are you listening? He just flat out lied about senior staff and [Bill] Stepien not being involved," former aide Christina Renna said in the text message, NorthJersey.com reports. The missive, sent during the Dec. 13, 2013 briefing, was directed at fellow Christie staffer Peter Sheridan. It came to light in court filings by lawyers for one of the defendants.

Renna refers specifically to Stepien, Christie's former deputy chief of staff and campaign manager, who led the Intergovernmental Affairs unit. Christie fired Stepien on Jan. 9, 2013, after it became clear that Stepien did know about, but was not involved in, the lane closures. Stepien hasn't been charged in connection with "Bridge-gate."

Sheridan replied to Renna, reassuring her that the "Gov is doing fine," according to The Wall Street Journal.

"Yes. But he lied," Renna responded. "And if emails are found with the subpoena or ccfg [Chris Christie for Governor] emails are uncovered in discovery if it comes to that it could be bad."

During an appearance on WFAN-AM on Wednesday morning, Christie denied that he had lied.

"I absolutely dispute it. It's ridiculous. It's nothing new," Christie said. "There's nothing new to talk about."

Stepien's lawyer, Kevin Marino, sent an email to NorthJersey.com saying the suggestion that his client was "involved in a conspiracy to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge based on a text message exchange that has been in the government's possession for literally years is categorically false and irresponsible."

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