New Court Documents Reveal Chris Christie 'Flat Out Lied' About Bridgegate

The knocks keep on coming for Chris Christie. The biggest recent disappointment for the New Jersey governor was of course his inevitable failure to secure the slot as Trump’s running mate, following months of brown-nosing (which was bad enough as it is.) And now today, a tweet has appeared to remind us all of Christie’s royal scumbaggery.

For those with short memory spans, in 2013 Christie was embroiled in a scandal involving the shutdown of several lanes of the George Washington Bridge running through Fort Lee. The reason? Christie was allegedly punishing the Democratic mayor of the town for not endorsing his 2013 re-election bid.

Above is a text exchange between Christie’s aide Christina Genovese Renna and his attorney Mark Sheridan during a press conference at the time.

Picked up by WNYC reporter Matt Katz, the exchange has appeared on newly filed court documents. Among the myriad of mishaps that have defined what has come to be known as the “Bridgegate” scandal, this particular exchange reveals that Christie straight-up lied to the media when he said his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, had no knowledge of the incident.

This is of course not breaking news. Back in 2014, a set of emails had already revealed that Stepien knew about the bridge closure.

Nonetheless, this exchange only serves to further hightlights the depths to which Christie has plunged.

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