Judge considers special prosecutor request in Christie case

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2016, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering at a public forum in New Providence, N.J. Christie maintains that he has no recollection of any of his aides telling him about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Christie said in an interview on “CBS This Morning” that the Friday, Nov. 4, guilty verdicts against two former aides confirms his belief that only three people were responsible. Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, an executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were convicted of scheming with former Christie ally David Wildstein to punish a Democratic mayor for not endorsing him when he ran for re-election in 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge is hearing arguments in a citizen’s complaint against Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal.

Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol is hearing from attorneys Wednesday over Wayne resident William Brennan’s request for a special prosecutor.

Brennan is a former Teaneck firefighter and attorney by training. He alleged in a criminal complaint that Christie violated the state’s official-misconduct statute by failing to reopen the lanes to the country’s busiest bridge in 2013.

Two of Christie’s former aides were convicted of closing lanes to the bridge in a plot to punish a Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie’s re-election bid.

Christie wasn’t charged in the scandal.

Christie attorney Craig Carpenito said in court documents Brennan doesn’t have standing to seek a special prosecutor.

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