Former aide in text: Christie 'flat out lied' in bridge case
- Author: Jon Douglas Aug 11, 2016,
Aug 11, 2016, 0:56
He had recently been selected to lead the state Republican committee and was set to advise the Republican Governors Association when Christie cut ties with him on January 9, after it was revealed Stepien did have knowledge of - but not involvement in - the lane closures.
The new details were revealed in a document filed in New Jersey federal court by Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, who is one of two former Christie allies facing criminal charges in the case.
Ms. Renna: "Yes. But he lied".
Chris Christie denies that he lied during a news conference about the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. A transcript of the text is contained in court filings by attorneys representing. "It's ridiculous. It's nothing new", Christie told reporters in New York City after co-hosting a sports talk radio show Wednesday morning.
Wildstein has admitted the scheme to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge, and create endless traffic jams over four successive mornings in the fall of 2013, was retribution to the Fort Lee mayor for not endorsing the governor's re-election campaign, according the U.S. Attorneys Office. "He just flat out lied about senior staff and [campaign manager Bill] Stepien not being involved". Chris Christie responds at the CNN Republican.
At the time the Gov. Christie gave a news conference to explain what he knew. Christie has denied having any prior knowledge of the lane closures
"I've made it to very clear to everybody on my senior staff that if anyone had any knowledge about this that they needed to come forward to me and tell me about it, and they've all assured me that they don't."It was also later revealed that Stepien, as Kelly's ex-boyfriend, was kept abreast of the forced lane closures despite Christie suggesting he was unaware of the incident.
Renna responds with, "Yes". "And if emails are found with subpoena... it could be bad". He also said the text alleging he lied was sent by someone who was not under oath.
The court filing said the Renna text exchange occurred when Christie was asked about the bridge scandal.
Christie's unearthed lie about what he knew and when he knew it could jeopardize him further, especially if proves he, ade false statements during interviews with state or federal investigators. Members of his senior staff "all assured me" they had no knowledge about the incident, and his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, "assured me the same thing". "It's nothing new.There's nothing new to talk about".
Renna testified to lawmakers in May 2014 who were investigating the closing of access lanes to the bridge.