Court date set for Christie's appeal of bridge complaint

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Posted: Nov 15, 2016 4:46 PM

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has set a court date for Republican Gov. Chris Christie's appeal of a resident's complaint Christie allowed the closure of lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013, creating a traffic nightmare that ensued for days.

State Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol on Monday signed an order setting oral arguments for Jan. 11. The appeal stems from a Bergen County judge's order Christie appear at a Nov. 23 hearing, postponed by Mizdol's order.

The complaint was filed by a retired Teaneck firefighter. It alleges Christie failed to order subordinates to re-open bridge access lanes from Fort Lee.

Christie denies wrongdoing. He has not been charged in what prosecutors say was a political payback scheme targeting Fort Lee's Democratic mayor.

Two former Christie allies recently were convicted in the case. A third earlier pleaded guilty.