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.
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.