Prosecutor won't pursue misconduct charge against Christie in Bridgegate scandal

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Vincent Prieto, left, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and Steve Sweeney, right, New Jersey Senate President applaud as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- New Jersey prosecutors say they will not pursue a criminal misconduct case against Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Bergen County assistant prosecutor John Higgins said in a letter Friday that the state does not believe it can prove official misconduct beyond a reasonable doubt.

The misconduct case stems from a complaint filed by former Teaneck firefighter William Brennan. Brennan's complaint says that Christie violated the state's misconduct law when he failed to reopen the lanes that were closed in an alleged political revenge plot to punish a mayor who didn't back Christie in 2013.

A Superior Court judge this month sent the complaint back to municipal court for a new hearing, which is set for next month.