Gov. Chris Christie’s in-house review of the George Washington Bridge scandal found no evidence the New Jersey governor plotted or directed the lane closings that led to massive traffic jams in a small town across from Manhattan, The New York Times said.
Mr. Christie, a Republican mulling a White House bid in 2016, requested a top law firm to conduct an internal review of what led to the incident last September.
However, The Times reported that not only is the review Mr. Christie’s own, but the legal team was unable to interview key players like Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff who was fired after text messages and emails revealed her involvement in the lane closures as an act of apparent political retribution.
Randy M. Mastro, the lawyer who led the investigation, acknowledged to The Times that his “comprehensive and exhaustive” review of the incident will be compared to other inquiries.
“At the end of the day, we will be judged by whether we got this right,” he said.