By KYW’s David Madden
NEW YORK (CBS) — With the “Bridgegate” trial slated to start in Newark federal court next week, the politically motivated shutdown of the George Washington Bridge three years ago is back in the news.
Along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s insistence he knew nothing about the plan prior to it being carried out.
Christie appeared on MSNBC late Wednesday night and was asked point blank if he’s worried about former aide Bridget Kelly and onetime political ally Bill Baroni taking the witness stand during what’s expected to be a six week trial.
“I’ve been investigated by everybody for the last three years, including by this network, and no one has ever been able to prove that I knew anything or had any role in this, and this trial will just confirm that,” the Governor told host Brian Williams. “But there will be critics who will never want to believe that because they want to believe something different.”
And he had something to say to those critics.
“If you don’t believe a Democratically appointed US Attorney, a Democratic legislature that doesn’t like me much that investigated me and one of the biggest law firms in the world who investigated us as well that all came to the same conclusion, then I’ll never change that person’s mind.,” the Governor said. “But I don’t really care. I put my head on the pillow at night knowing I’ve executed my office ethically and with integrity and that’s what this trial will show, too.”
Christie conceded that Bridgegate likely “was a factor” in his not being selected by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump to be his running mate. But how much did it affect that decision? Christie said that answer would have to come from Trump.