Lawyers representing the defendants accused of shutting down a bridge as part of an elaborate revenge scheme say Chris Christie—Donald Trump’s unpaid intern and the technical governor of New Jersey—destroyed evidence, including a cell phone, text messages and emails, that connected him to the crime.
Comparing the governor to Nixon—almost a compliment at this point—an attorney for defendant Bill Baroni accused Christie of covering up his involvement.
“President Nixon’s tapes were not immune from a subpoena,” Baroni’s attorney, Michael Baldassare, wrote in the brief. “Neither is Governor Christie’s phone.”
The allegations were made in a pair of briefs filed with the court late Monday night in federal court in New Jersey. Among them: Chris Christie “lost” a cell phone he used during the bridge closure, deleted text messages sent during that time, and failed to turn over emails that defense attorneys eventually found through other methods.