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|Subject: Spineless Government Pricks: Prosecutors won’t pursue misconduct charge against Christie Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:43 pm|| |
|HACKENSACK, N.J. — New Jersey prosecutors said Friday they will not pursue a criminal misconduct case against Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.|
Bergen County assistant prosecutor John Higgins said in a letter to Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol that the state does not believe it can prove official misconduct beyond a reasonable doubt and will not be bringing charges.
The letter deals a blow to the misconduct case stemming from a complaint filed by former Teaneck firefighter William Brennan, who has declared himself a Democratic candidate for governor. A municipal court judge is set to hear arguments for the second time in a probable cause hearing next month.
Brennan’s complaint says that Christie violated the state’s misconduct law when he failed to reopen local access lanes in Fort Lee that were closed in an alleged political revenge plot to punish a mayor who didn’t back Christie’s re-election bid in 2013. A Superior Court judge this month sent the complaint back to municipal court for a new hearing.
Brennan said in an interview that the decision not to pursue charges shows that prosecutors cannot be “fair and impartial.”
“This vindicates my position that a special prosecutor is needed,” he said. A Superior Court judge earlier rejected Brennan’s request for such a prosecutor. County prosecutors are appointed by the governor in New Jersey.
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