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The Wall Street Journal: Judge OK’s local activist’s misconduct case against Gov. Chris Christie

The fallout from the George Washington Bridge scandal deepened Thursday in an unexpected way for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie when a Bergen County judge issued a criminal summons against him following an official misconduct complaint brought by a local activist.

The finding of probable cause in a criminal case against a sitting governor is highly unusual — even more so in this case because the complaint was lodged by a private citizen, New Jersey attorneys and legislators said. Typically, official misconduct is a charge filed by state prosecutors pursuing public-corruption cases.

“This is a rather novel area of law and not one that we typically get to grapple with, thank God, because it really is the intersection of criminal law and politics,” said state Assemblyman John Wisniewski, an attorney and the Democratic co-chairman of a legislative committee that investigated the bridge matter.

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