Jun 29, 4:52 PM EDT

Firm says it returned Christie's phone, contradicting him


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The law firm representing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case says in a court filing it returned his cellphone after responding to a government subpoena.

That appears to contradict Christie's statement last month that he gave the phone to the government and didn't know who had it.

Two indicted former Christie allies say text messages the Republican governor exchanged with one of his aides during a state legislative committee's hearing are relevant to their case.

Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly face wire fraud and other charges for allegedly closing access lanes in Fort Lee to punish its Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie.

Christie didn't answer a question about the phone as he left a news conference Wednesday.

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Associated Press writer Bruce Shipkowski contributed from Trenton.

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