The investigations into the closure of the George Washington Bridge, dubbed “bridgegate”, in September of 2013 seem to be reaching their final stages with sources close to the prosecutors saying that they could bring indictments as early as next week.
Two of the three lanes of the bridge leading to Fort Lee, New Jersey were closed on the orders of those close to Governor Chris Christie.
In the spring of 2013, Christie was running for re-election and campaign staffers called the Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich on his behalf asking for his endorsement.
“Yes, I’ll consider it, because I’ll consider anything,” said Mayor Sokolich at the time.
Staffers on the Christie campaign seem to have interpreted this as a “no.”
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” said Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s deputy chief of staff for legislative and intergovernmental affairs in an email to David Wildstein, a friend of Governor Christie at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the George Washington Bridge.
The New York Times reports that prosecutors may be looking to bring up charges through a rarely used statute in the United States Code.
Title 18 of Section 666 to be specific which deals with those who work for programs receiving federal funds and are accused of theft or bribery.
Governor Christie has said that he had no idea such activity was taking place in his name during his campaign, but this scandal has become the first of many that have dogged him in his quest for the White House.
“Anyone who thinks they are going to rewrite history and make Ms. Kelly a scapegoat is gravely mistaken,” said a lawyer for Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff who is likely to be a subject of the coming indictments.
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