The walls are closing in on embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, as a judge has found probable cause for state investigators to proceed with a complaint of official misconduct against him over the “Bridgegate” lane closing scandal.
The case now goes to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, who will then decide if the matter will proceed to an indictment. One possible roadblock on the path to justice is the fact that Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal was appointed to the position by Christie and was nominated by Christie to keep the position permanently just last month. Grewal has not announced if he will recuse himself based on the the possible conflict of interest.
If indicted, Christie faces five to ten years in prison.
The complaint was filed last September by activist Bill Brennan, in part because the taxpayer cost of the investigations into Chris Christie and his cabinet of crooks have already skyrocketed past ten million dollars.
Chris Christie’s administration is notorious for the rampant corruption and nepotism that runs through it – and for the heavy-handed bullying that Christie uses as his method of dealing with people. Christie’s aides have all but admitted that he was the mastermind behind the closing of the world’s busiest bridge to punish the citizens of a Democratic New Jersey town, leading to the death of one woman in an ambulance that was stuck in the ensuing traffic jam. It was an outrageous abuse of political power for an exceptionally petty act of vengeance, and it’s far past time he paid the price for it.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.