This morning, attorneys hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to conduct an independent investigation of allegations leveled against him in recent months cleared him of all wrongdoing, saying he "had no knowledge" of Bridgegate before it happened and never threatened to cut off federal Hurricane Sandy aid from Hoboken.
"Gov. Christie had no knowledge beforehand of the George Washington bridge realignment idea," said Randy Mastro, of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, who also stated during the press conference today that he had never met Gov. Christie before the embattled governor retained his firm to investigate these allegations.
Mastro called their findings a "vindication" for Gov. Christie, but called it a "sad day" for the public as the investigation confirmed that governor's office staffers Bridget Kelly and David Wildstein did concoct and execute the plan to tie up traffic on the George Washington bridge in fall 2013, although he stated he did not know what their motive was.
Regarding allegations by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that the governor's office had threatened to reduce federal aid to her city for Hurricane Sandy, Mastro said that there was no evidence of these allegations and that they were false.
New Jersey federal prosecutors and politicians are reportedly also investigating allegations that Christie was aware of and complicit with Bridgegate and the Hoboken Sandy aid allegations.
Mastro said that the investigative panel would recommend that Gov. Christie's office appoint a chief ethics officer to monitor conduct of all staff within the office, and would also recommend that a state commission be appointed to review the operations of the Port Authority of New Jersey.