Nightly News   |  January 31, 2014

Christie Denies Latest Bridge Scandal Accusations

Gov. Chris Christie’s office denied he knew anything about a political, deliberate operation behind the traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge, and that he had no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened.

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>> the governor has responded to the charge in a form of a statement. nbc's kelly o'donnell has more.

>> reporter: good evening, brian, so after all of this erupted the governor's administration, not chris christie personally but his office reacted to the new allegations and again denied the governor knew anything about a political deliberate operation that might have been behind the bridge traffic jam . knowing about the traffic is different than knowing there was an operation to bring it about. so the statement reads in part, mr. wildstein's lawyer confirms that what the governor has said all along, he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened and whatever mr. wildstein's motives were before they began. and now he goes on to say there was no indication that this was anything other than a traffic study until he read otherwise on january 8th . the governor denies the other allegations, so christie is raising the idea of the port authority investigation, for example looking for criminal immunity. and the letter explicitly asks that wildstein's lawyer's fees be paid out of the port authority and not his own pocket, the allegations are interesting after chris christie is getting favorable media attention as the state hosts the super bowl and before monday's deadline when the responses to the subpoenas are due.