Federal prosecutors in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case say in a court filing they shouldn’t be penalized for not finding text messages between Gov. Chris Christie and an aide.
An attorney for indicted former Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly had asked a judge to mention the missing texts to jurors during a scheduled September trial.
In a court filing Monday, the government said it didn’t “create, receive, or possess, let alone delete” the texts.
The texts were between Christie and Regina Egea, who headed a department that oversaw the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, among other entities.
Some texts were sent during testimony by Port Authority officials to a New Jersey legislative committee. Egea said she deleted the texts.
The Republican governor hasn’t been charged.