Weinberg Requests Assembly Speaker Consider Impeachment Proceedings In Wake of Bridgegate Trial

TRENTON) - Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), who served as co-chair of the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, which investigated the George Washington Bridge lane closures, today requested Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto consider the impeachment of Governor Chris Christie, whether now or after he leaves office as allowed by the Constitution:

"During the now completed Bridgegate trial there was considerable testimony under oath that Governor Chris Christie had knowledge of a conspiracy to misuse government resources to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge. Article Seven, Section Three of the New Jersey Constitution provides that a Governor may be impeached 'while in office or for two years thereafter' for a misdemeanor committed during office. If impeached by the Assembly and convicted by the Senate, a Governor can be removed from office and disqualified 'to hold and enjoy any public office of honor, profit, or trust in this State.'

"In light of testimony from the trial and the governor's public statements, I am requesting the Assembly Speaker consider impeachment, the outcome of which could deny Chris Christie the benefit of office and correct the public record to reflect the evidence provided in this federal court trial. The allegations of federal prosecutors and statements of witnesses who testified under oath cannot go unanswered and impeaching Chris Christie would bar him from further public service in this State."