Christie ‘Bridgegate’ lawyers say firm returned governor’s phone, contradicting him

The law firm representing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case says it returned his cellphone after responding to a government subpoena.

The court filing Tuesday by Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher appears to contradict Christie’s statement last month that he gave the phone to the government and didn’t know who had it.

Defendants Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly are seeking access to the phone. They say text messages the Republican governor exchanged with one of his aides during a state legislative committee’s hearing are relevant.

Baroni and Kelly face wire fraud and other charges. They’re accused of closing access lanes to the bridge to cause traffic jams in Fort Lee to punish its Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie.

Christie’s office didn’t immediately comment.

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