Chris Christie is ‘saddened’ by Bridgegate convictions and won’t campaign for Trump in NH
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was scheduled to campaign for Republican nominee Donald Trump in New Hampshire on Saturday. But he might not be able to cross that bridge anymore after two of his former aides were found guilty in the Bridgegate trial on Friday.
The former deputy executive director of Port Authority, Bill Baroni, and Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff were both convicted on Friday for illegally closing lanes of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.
Due to the convictions, Christie will be sitting out from his campaign duties on Saturday, which Trump spokesman Jason Miller confirmed to CNN’s Erin Burnett.
Burnett asked Miller if Christie would still be co-chairing the Trump transition team, to which Miller responded that it’s up to Christie.
Miller then spiraled into pointing the finger at Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He noted how Christie isn’t the one at the center of an FBI investigation, “That’d be more Secretary Clinton.”
Christie continues to distance himself from having any involvement in the Bridgegate scandal. He said in a statement that was released after news of the convictions that he was “saddened” by it.
“As a former federal prosecutor, I have respected these proceedings and refused to comment on the daily testimony from the trial,” Christie said. “I will set the record straight in the coming days regarding the lies that were told by the media and in the courtroom.”
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) November 4, 2016