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Christie Argues for Bridgegate Innocence on “Charlie Rose”

Christie both argued for his innocence in the Bridgegate case and pleaded ignorance on recalling specific conversations.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)

On Monday, Charlie Rose of PBS interviewed Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) in the wake of guilty charges for two of his former aides in the Bridgegate trial.

In a video provided by Bloomberg, Christie said, “I don’t remember any” of the conversations referenced in the trial. He then suggested there were no political motives behind Bridgegate because, in his words, New Jersey has conducted “thousands” of traffic studies without his approval.

David Wildstein, a former Port Authority official “who masterminded the plot,” said he discussed lane closures with Christie and that the governor responded by saying, “I would imagine that [Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich] wouldn’t be getting his phone calls returned.” Prosecutors alleged that Christie aides started traffic problems in Fort Lee to get back at Sokolich for refusing to endorse Christie.

Reuters notes that the Bridgegate scandal “helped torpedo Christie’s White House run.”

Christie dropped out of the race after finishing in sixth place in the New Hampshire presidential primary, with 7.4% of the vote. Christie then endorsed Donald Trump, who reportedly offered Christie his VP slot in the summer but then rescinded it.