NJ Lawmakers Say No More ‘Bridgegate’ Probes

TRENTON (AP) -

Three years after it began, Democratic leaders of the New Jersey Legislature said Wednesday that they were moving on from the bridge lanes-closing scandal.

Speaking Wednesday in Atlantic City, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto that he’s not pursuing impeachment proceedings against Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney said it’s time to move forward.

Though they both added that their staffs are reviewing trial transcripts to do “due diligence” to determine whether any further investigation should go forward.

Meanwhile, the cost to taxpayers for the legal fallout is still going up. The state will spend up to $10,000 for an attorney to defend Christie after a citizen filed an official misconduct complaint, alleging that Christie failed to order subordinates to re-open the bridge access lanes from Fort Lee.

This is in addition to the $11 million spent on another law firm to investigate the lane closures, as well as more than $1 million incurred by a special investigative legislative committee.