A local county judge in New Jersey has ruled that a complaint of official misconduct by Governor Chris Christie can proceed.
Bergen County municipal Judge Roy F. McGeady has issued a criminal summons for Governor Reek on the grounds that he failed to stop the politically-motivated revenge plot against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.
"The court is satisfied that [Christie] had knowledge of the traffic problems in Fort Lee," said municipal Judge Roy F. McGeady, referring to in the now-infamous politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that resulted in the federal convictions of two of the governor's top aides last fall.
"The court is satisfied that he had reason to believe that this traffic was purposely created, it was contrived, it was orchestrated" for political retribution, the judge added.
This is the second time a local judge has ruled that a complaint against Christie can move forward, however the first ruling was appealed and remanded back to the local prosecutor's office.
A spokesman for Christie issued a statement today blasting the judge for going above the heads of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office which declined to pursue a case against Christie, but the citizen who filed the complaint said he would considering filing misconduct charges against the prosecutor's office as well over their their apparent conflict of interest. Prosecutors serve at Christie's pleasure.
The citizen who filed the complaint, a retired firefighter, was a witness in the trial against Christie's former deputy chief of staff Bridget Ann Kelly and former Port Authority Executive Director Bill Baroni.
It remains to be seen what will happen next, but we haven't heard the last of Bridgegate.