A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie texted to a colleague during a news conference about the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal that Christie "flat out lied" about the involvement of his senior staff and campaign manager, according to a new court filing. The AP reports a transcript of the text is contained in court filings submitted late Tuesday by attorneys representing Bill Baroni, who faces trial next month with Christie's ex-deputy chief of staff on charges they helped orchestrate the September 2013 lane closures. The closures were meant to create traffic jams in the city of Fort Lee to punish its Democratic mayor for not endorsing the Republican governor, prosecutors say.
Christie on Wednesday denied that he lied. "I absolutely dispute it. It's ridiculous. It's nothing new," Christie told reporters. "There's nothing new to talk about." He also noted that the information came from a filing from a defense lawyer and wasn't from someone who was under oath. Christie, who is advising GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, wasn't charged in the lane-closing scandal and has denied knowing anything about it. The text exchange between Christina Renna, Christie's director of intergovernmental affairs, and Peter Sheridan, a staffer on his re-election campaign, came while Christie was telling reporters at a December 2013 news conference that no one in his office was involved in the lane closings.