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Judge finds probable cause to move Gov. Christie 'Bridgegate' misconduct complaint forward


"The standard is low, the evidence is heavy."

TRENTON, NJ - JANUARY 9: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks about his knowledge of a traffic study that snarled traffic at the George Washington Bridge during a news conference on January 9, 2014 at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey. According to reports Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is accused of giving a signal to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge, allegedly as punishment for the Fort Lee, New Jersey mayor not endorsing the Governor during the election. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

A judge has allowed a misconduct complaint to proceed against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) regarding the infamous George Washington Bridge closing in 2013.

Retired firefighter Bill Brennan filed the complaint against Christie, which alleges that the governor knew about the lane closures and could have prevented them, according to

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie (Getty Images/Jeff Zelevansky)

Bergen County Superior Court Judge Roy McGready ruled Thursday morning that there is probable cause for the complaint to move forward.

"Anything short of probable cause today would have been official misconduct on the part of the judge," Brennan told "The standard is low, the evidence is heavy."

The case will now move to the Bergen County prosecutor's office, which will decide whether to convene a grand jury for a potential indictment of the governor.

Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal, who was appointed by Christie, did not respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.

While Christie has repeatedly denied knowing about the lane closures — now infamously dubbed "Bridgegate" — former staffers Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni face conspiracy and fraud charges. The pair allegedly closed the lanes for political retribution against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Kelly's defense attorney has maintained that Christie did, indeed, know of the lane closures.

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