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Spokesman: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was unaware of traffic scheme

Published On: May 13 2014 01:51:08 PM CDT
George Washington Bridge New York_New Jersey

REUTERS/Eric Thayer

TRENTON, N.J. -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's longtime press secretary said he's confident his boss of 14 years had no knowledge of or involvement in the scheme that shut traffic near the George Washington Bridge in a political payback plot.

The spokesman, Michael Drewniak, called the plot reckless and perplexing in an opening statement Tuesday before a New Jersey legislative committee that's investigating last September's lane closings.

The scheme, carried out last fall by Christie loyalists, has become a major distraction as the Republican contemplates a 2016 presidential run. Christie has denied knowing about the plot.

Drewniak has also testified before a federal grand jury that's separately investigating the lane closings.