President Donald Trump will nominate Christopher Wray – a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s personal attorney during the Bridgegate scandal – to lead the FBI.
Wray and Christie first met when they were both attorneys in the Justice Department under George W. Bush. Wray left the department in 2005, when he joined the law firm King & Spalding as a litigation partner.
Last year, a federal jury found two of Christie’s former aides guilty of faking a traffic study to close lanes that led from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge in 2013. The shutdown was allegedly an attempt to punish Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich for his decision not to endorse Christie. Christie was not charged in the case.
“When I had to retain legal counsel during a very, very troubling, confusing, difficult time for me, I made one phone call, and that was to Chris Wray,” Christie said today, according to the Asbury Park Press. “So I can’t give a better recommendation than that. I think the President of the United State should be commended. He did a deliberative process. He met lots of people from what I understand.”
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