Lawyer: Christie knew about Bridgegate plan ahead of time
The lawyer for Bridget Anne Kelly says the governor knew.
Attorney Michael Critchley, who represents defendant Bridget Anne Kelly, asked a witness in U.S. District Court if she knew Kelly and the Republican governor “had discussions about the lane closures before they occurred,” and again later. The witness, former Christie aide Deborah Gramiccioni, said she did not know.
But Gramiccioni did say she joined Kelly and Christie at a lunch on August 13, 2013 — the same day Kelly sent the now-infamous “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email. The lane closures took place less than a month later, causing days of gridlock in the Bergen County community.
Gramiccioni and Kelly held the same rank at the time, deputy chief of staff to the governor, both overseeing different areas of front office operations. Gramiccioni said she heard no discussions about the lane closures while she was at the lunch with Christie, and did not learn until December that Kelly was involved.