Two lawsuits filed by people stuck in traffic jams caused by apparently politically motivated lane closings of the George Washington Bridge will move forward without Gov. Chris Christie as a defendant since there’s been no evidence he was involved, a lawyer in the case said Wednesday.
A federal judge this week consolidated the two cases, one of which named Christie as a defendant along with other government officials including former Christie aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, who sent an email saying: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
“Any attorney with proper scruples isn’t going to sue the governor of a state unless there’s a sufficient basis to do it,” attorney Barry Epstein said. “There’s no evidence he participated in the order or that he had anything to do with it.”
One case was filed by people who said they were late for work because of the traffic jams; the other was filed by several taxi companies.