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Christie's press aide denies boss, others knew about bridge scheme

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie's longtime press secretary told New Jersey lawmakers on Tuesday that he is confident that his boss and other senior advisers had no knowledge of the planning or execution of a scheme that shut down traffic near the George Washington Bridge in a political payback plot.

Michael Drewniak, who has been Christie's chief spokesman since he became U.S. attorney for New Jersey in 2001, called the September lane closings reckless and perplexing in an opening statement before a New Jersey legislative committee investigating the plot. He said he was misled into believing the lanes were blocked to study traffic patterns, an explanation that has since been discredited. He said he still has no idea why a government resource was used for political retribution.

“I can say with complete confidence and comfort that none of these people — starting with Gov. Chris Christie — had any involvement whatsoever in this reckless and perplexing episode,” he said.

Drewniak is the most senior administration official to be questioned under oath about the lane closings.



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