Governor Chris Christie’s attorney absolved the Governor of having any prior knowledge of the politically motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last September, using evidence from a report commissioned by the Governor himself.

Randy Mastro, who was hired by Governor Christie to investigate those responsible for BridgeGate, presented the results of his investigation to the press Thursday. He accused former Christie senior assistants David Wildstein and Bridget Kelly of hatching the plot without Christie’s involvement. He stated that the Governor “had no knowledge beforehand” of the closings and that Wildstein had come up with the plan on his own before recruiting Kelly.

Mastro also noted, the Star-Ledger reports, that the study found no motive for the mischief on the bridge, and that no evidence indicated that Wildstein and Kelly were seeking revenge against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing their boss. In fact, Mastro suggested there was evidence of Christie’s office working to Sokolich’s benefit long after it was known the Mayor would not endorse Governor Christie.

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