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January 12, 2017

Report: Christie loses move to spike Bridgegate charges

Probable cause hearing will take place before case goes forward

New Jersey’s governor lost an appeal to have an official misconduct complaint about Bridgegate tossed out.

But a new probable cause hearing – with the governor appearing in court – will be held, according to court documents, reports.

No new date was set, the online news site said.

The misconduct charge filed by a citizen activist stems from testimony at the trial of two of his former allies which suggested that Christie knew the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge were a political payback scheme.

The new probable cause hearing is pending despite the previous hearing.

But a judge on Wednesday found a "denial of counsel prevented the court from engaging in a proper evaluation of the evidence," and granted a new probable cause hearing.

Christie has repeatedly denied he has foreknowledge of the lane closings.

The Bridgegate scandal has killed Christie's poll ratings and is considered a significant factor in being passed over as running mate for then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump last year.

Official misconduct is punishable by a potential prison term of five to 10 years upon conviction.

But before Christie could face a criminal trial, prosecutors would have to collect evidence and present it to a grand jury, which would have to hand up an indictment.

To read the entire Patch account, click here.