The Hill is reporting that a former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie texted a colleague in 2013 that the governor lied about
Christine Renna, who worked under Christie’s deputy chief of staff, made the claim in a text message to Peter Sheridan, a Christie campaign aide in 2013.
The text was sent during a 2013 press conference in which the governor denied that his administration was involved in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.
The text message was released Wednesday in a new court filing, first reported by NorthJersey.com and posted online by Politico, in the case against Bill Baroni, a former Port Authority official, and Christie’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly over the closures.
“Are you listening? He just flat out lied about senior staff and [former deputy chief of staff Bill] Stepien not being involved,” Renna said in the text sent on Dec. 13, 2013, according to a transcript.
“I’m listening,” Sheridan replied. “Gov is doing fine. Holding his own up there.”
“Yes. But he lied,” Renna texted back. “And if emails are found with the subpoena or [campaign] emails are uncovered in discovery if it comes to that it could be bad.”
Renna later deleted the text messages.
Christie's campaign manager was fired a month after that press conference when it was found he knew about the lane closings.