With his approval rating at an historically low level and facing the prospect of criminal charges, New Jersey governor Chris Christie is looking forward to his next career-in sports commentary, obviously.
It's alleged that it was in retribution, after the mayor of Fort Lee New Jersey failed to endorse Christie. With a smile on his face, Christie called Phillies fans "awful people", ignoring the fact that, you know, many Phillies fans actually live in New Jersey. In a statement released after the ruling, the governor's office said this is "a complete non-event". Neither Christie nor his attorney attended the second probable cause hearing two weeks ago or Thursday's hearing.
But Bergen County prosecutors announced last month that they would not prosecute Christie on the complaint brought by Brennan, and it appeared the case was dead.
Chris Christie is back at it again, attacking Philadelphia.
Christie would need to be indicted by a grand jury in order to go to trial.
Last month Christie had some choice words to say about the Eagles, saying Eagles fans are "angry, terrible people".
In November, Christie's deputy chief of staff and the former Port Authority deputy executive director became the latest former Christie allies to either plead guilty or be found guilty of federal charges that include conspiracy and fraud. The law requires this judge to have done the same. "This concocted claim was investigated for three months by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, which summarily dismissed it, after concluding that the very same evidence relied upon again by this judge was utter nonsense". Christie said. "Now Eagles fans I understand it a little more".
Christie has repeatedly denied any knowledge of his staffers' involvement with the bridge closing scheme until the following year.