Top Aide: Christie Was Unaware of Traffic Scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -
Michael Drewniak, left, chief spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie, listens to his attorney during testimony Tuesday before the legislature’s Select Committee on Investigation. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Michael Drewniak, left, chief spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie, listens to his attorney during testimony Tuesday before the legislature’s Select Committee on Investigation. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Gov. Chris Christie’s longtime press secretary told New Jersey lawmakers Tuesday that he is confident that his boss had no knowledge of or involvement in the scheme that shut traffic near the George Washington Bridge in a political payback plot.

Michael Drewniak called the plot reckless and perplexing in an opening statement before a New Jersey legislative committee that’s investigating last September’s lane closings.

Drewniak testified that the traffic jams initially seemed to be of minor importance, but escalated through the fall as reporters’ inquiries intensified and additional details emerged.

The lawmakers’ inquest was dismissed by some Republicans as a politically motivated witch hunt.