Gov. Chris Christie could face his own day in court over the Bridgegate scandal.
A Bergen County municipal court judge signed a criminal summons ordering the Jersey politician to appear for an Oct. 24 hearing on his alleged role in the vindictive George Washington Bridge lane closings.
Judge Roy McGeady found probable cause Thursday to proceed on the complaint filed by Bill Brennan, a well-known Garden State activist who charges Christie knew about the shutdown — and did nothing to reopen the bridge.
The Trump-loving Republican governor “knowingly refrained from ordering that his subordinates take all necessary action” to clear up the massive gridlock of September 2013, according to the complaint.
Brennan described the political payback as an “intentional evil-minded act taken by public officials acting on the authorities vested in them by the office of governor.”
The resulting massive traffic jams paralyzed the streets of Fort Lee, N.J., after the North Jersey town’s mayor refused to endorse Christie’s re-election campaign.
The summons, coming in the middle of the federal trial of two former top Christie aides, is unrelated to the ongoing Newark prosecution.
But federal prosecutors, in their opening statement, charged Christie was aware the bridge closings were done as political retribution against Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor.
One of Christie’s top appointees to the Port Authority, David Wildenstein, testified he personally told the governor about Bridgegate at a 9/11 memorial service.
Official misconduct carries a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison.
A Christie spokesman said McGeady’s ruling is already under appeal. The governor has long denied any role in the shutdown and insisted he knew nothing until long after the September 2013 incident was over.
The charge — an indictable offense — will eventually be transferred to the Bergen County prosecutor’s office for consideration as a criminal case.