The Latest: Christie impeachment pitch called 'ridiculous'

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Posted: Nov 10, 2016 8:12 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

A spokesman for Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a Democratic lawmaker's suggestion her colleagues should consider impeaching Christie after two of his aides were convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case is "ridiculous."

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg on Thursday called on Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (pree-AY'-toh) to consider the impeachment. Weinberg says there was "considerable testimony" during trial that Christie knew about the conspiracy in which three allies closed lanes of the country's busiest bridge and caused traffic jams to retaliate against Fort Lee's Democratic mayor for not endorsing him.

Christie spokesman Brian Murray says it's "shocking that someone who sat in the front row of the courtroom every day could get it so wrong."

Christie has denied any knowledge of the lane closures.

Christie failed in his presidential bid this year and is heading up Donald Trump's White House transition team.

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4:30 p.m.

A ranking Democrat in New Jersey is calling for lawmakers to consider impeachment proceedings against Republican Gov. Chris Christie after two of his aides were convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg in a statement issued Thursday calls on Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (pree-AY'-toh) to consider the impeachment.

Weinberg says there was "considerable testimony" during the trial that Christie knew about the conspiracy in which three allies closed lanes of the country's busiest bridge to retaliate against a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse him.

Christie is heading up Donald Trump's White House transition team. He has denied any knowledge of the lane closures.

Prieto says in a statement the Assembly is "weighing all potential legislative activity." He says it's disappointing Weinberg made her request in a press release.