Firm Contradicts Christie: We Returned Phone

NEWARK (AP) - The mystery over what happened to the cellphone New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used during the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal has acquired another chapter.

Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, the law firm representing Christie’s office in the federal probe, said in a court filing that it returned the phone after it searched the device for any material responsive to a government subpoena.

That contradicted Christie’s statement last month that he gave the phone to the government as part of the subpoena and didn’t know who had it. Asked about the phone’s whereabouts Wednesday, Christie declined to answer.

Christie’s phone is one of the items sought in a subpoena by Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, two former Christie allies indicted last year for allegedly closing access lanes to the bridge.