FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie laughs at a question from the media after speaking in Trenton, N.J. Donald Trump is pledging that the government he appoints will bring sweeping change to Washington’s culture. So far, that promise comes with a heavy New Jersey accent. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — For the third time, a judge in New Jersey has ruled a special prosecutor won’t be appointed to oversee a criminal complaint against Republican Gov. Chris Christie over the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Friday’s decision dealt a defeat to the criminal misconduct complaint filed last fall by former firefighter William Brennan.

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His complaint alleged Christie failed to act to stop a political retaliation plot against a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse him.

Three ex-Christie allies have been convicted or pleaded guilty in the plot.

State Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol and a municipal court judge have also denied Brennan’s request.

Brennan argued that although the Christie-appointed state attorney general and Bergen County prosecutor removed themselves, their subordinates also would have a conflict of interest.

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