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Timeline Shows Christie and Aide Texting About ‘Bridgegate’ Testimony

Exchanges took place one month before governor says he began really paying attention to lane-closure scandal involving his administration

Telephone records show that Gov. Chris Christie and his current chief of staff, Regina Egea, exchanged a dozen text messages while a legislative committee was holding a Dec. 3, 2013, hearing on the George Washington Bridge lane closures and traffic jams that soon came to be referred to as “Bridgegate.”

A timeline constructed by WNYC/NJPR based on the phone records, which were supplied by AT&T to the state Legislature and obtained by WNYC/NJPR, shows the governor and his aide exchanging messages during key moments in testimony about the Christie administration’s role in the lane closings.

Egea has previously testified that there was only one text message – from her to Christie – on that day. But the records show three messages were sent to Egea by Christie, who initiated the exchange, while nine were sent by Egea to Christie.

Christie, for his part, has asserted previously that he didn’t pay much attention to the controversy until a month later, when an email revealed that he had been lied to by his former deputy chief of staff about the extent of his administration’s involvement.

View the timeline and read the full report by WNYC/NJPR, content partners of NJ Spotlight.

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