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Chris Christie denies former aide's claim that he 'flat out lied' in Bridgegate case

On Wednesday, New Jersey Chris Christie (R) publicly denied a former aide's claim that he "flat out lied" in court when he said his staff had no involvement in the 2013 Bridgegate scandal. While leaving a radio interview, Christie told reporters there is no truth in the recently uncovered text exchange between a senior staffer and his campaign manager suggesting Christie's staff actually did know about the plan to close George Washington Bridge access lanes. "I absolutely dispute it. It's ridiculous," Christie said. "It's nothing new. There's nothing new to talk about."

The lane closures, which created massive traffic jams in Fort Lee, are believed to have been revenge for the city's Democratic mayor's refusal to endorse Christie in his re-election bid. Christie has maintained he didn't have any knowledge of the lane closure plot.