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FLOWOOD, Miss. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have no problem testifying in a trial of former allies who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in politically-motivated traffic jams that caused long delays in 2013 over the George Washington Bridge connecting his state to New York.
Christie, a Republican who's considering a run for president, traveled to Mississippi and Louisiana on Tuesday to raise money for Republicans in those states. During a stop in a suburb of Mississippi's capital city, he spoke to reporters for the first time since three former allies were charged in connection with the traffic jams.
"Listen, if they want to subpoena me, that's fine," Christie said outside a restaurant in Flowood. "I've fully cooperated with the investigation right from the beginning, and I'm happy to tell anybody everything I know, which I've done with three separate investigations now that have come to the same conclusion that I said the day after this happened. And so, you know, I don't have any misgivings about that at all."
Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and the governor's former top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Bill Baroni, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they purposely caused traffic chaos to punish a Democratic mayor for failing to endorse Christie's re-election.
Asked about the indictments, Christie said: "It's always sad to see people who have been charged with a crime. Now, we'll let the justice system take its course."