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Former Christie aide testifies on bridge lane closures

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A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie testified in front of lawmakers in Trenton about the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal on Tuesday.

"I had no knowledge of or involvement in the bridge lane closures," Christina Renna told the legislative committee. She broke down crying once while testifying about the apparent political payback plot.

Renna worked under Bridget Kelly, who is accused of sending the email that read: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." Renna told the panel she sent an email to Kelly stating Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich was concerned about the traffic tie-up. Renna rehashed a December phone conversation with Kelly, where she asked Renna to delete the email.

"She sounded very nervous and then she said 'you know just do me a favor and get rid of it,'" Renna said. She added that she deleted the message but kept a copy for herself.

"I felt the request could have been inappropriate, and candidly I wasn't comfortable with it," Renna said. "So I did what she asked me to do but I protected myself as well."

The committee asked Renna why she didn't bring the information to the governor's staff right away. She waited until the media broke the story in January and resigned in February.

"I just wanted to make sure the governor had all the information I knew on this before he got up behind the podium, essentially," she said.

Christie fired Kelly when the emails came to light.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, co-chair of the legislative committee, said Renna's testimony was helpful but still doesn't clarify who ordered the lane change.

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