Sunday 24 September 2017

Christie has 'put his political career at risk' - Rudi Giuliani

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Angela Delli Santi Trenton, New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, pictured, put his political life on the line by denying involvement in a bridge scandal that's engulfed his administration, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has said.

"If it's not true, the man has put his political career at risk," Mr Giuliani said of his fellow Republican. "He says he didn't realise, he says he didn't know. I think it's pretty darn credible -- he wouldn't make this blanket denial," Mr Giuliani added.

His comments came as a Democratic New Jersey lawmaker leading a state investigation into the scandal said email exchanges show a crime was committed.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski yesterday said using a public resource such as the George Washington Bridge for political retribution violates federal and state laws.

Four people close to Mr Christie lost their jobs after a top aide gave the go-ahead to shut lanes to the bridge. Lawmakers are investigating allegations that Christie loyalists intended to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse him. Mr Christie has said he didn't know of any plot to close the lanes.

Mr Wisniewski says it "strains credibility" that the hands-on governor wasn't told by senior advisers about the closings.

Irish Independent

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