NEW YORK – The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span, federal officials told NBC 4 New York.
The September 2013 closures – where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee were shut down, causing a traffic nightmare for commuters – has been the subject of several federal and state investigations.
Federal officials caution that the investigation that began nine months ago is ongoing and that no final determination has been made, but say that authorities haven’t uncovered anything that indicates that Christie knew in advance or ordered the closure of traffic lanes.
According to one former federal prosecutor, who had no involvement in any of the probes into the lane closures, investigations of this kind will often turn up a solid connection early in the inquiry.
“My experience with federal law enforcement is that once you reach critical mass if you don’t have it within nine months or so, you’re not likely to ever get it,” former federal prosecutor Robert W. Ray said.
Assemblyman John Wisniewski said the state legislative committee’s investigation into the bridge lane closures is continuing.