Democrats on Friday called for Chris Christie to step down as the head of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE’s transition team in the wake of the New Jersey governor’s allies being convicted for their role in the "Bridgegate" scandal.
“How can Trump trust Christie’s judgment to hire the key staff for his administration if four of his top aides have been found guilty of federal crimes?” Democratic National Committee (DNC) spokesman Mark Paustenbach said in a statement.
In a statement, Christie said the verdict validated his decision to fire the two allies and maintained that he was not involved in the scheme.
"Let me be clear once again, I had no knowledge prior to or during these lane realignments and had no role in authorizing them," he said. "No believable evidence was presented to contradict that fact. Anything said to the contrary over the past six weeks in court is simply untrue."
Kelly and David Wildstein, another Christie ally who previously pleaded guilty for his role in the scandal, both testified that the governor knew about lane closure scheme.
“The fact that Christie’s name is frequently floated as a potential Attorney General in a Trump administration should tell you all you need to know about Trump’s tolerance for unethical behavior,” Paustenbach said. “By continuing to employ and stand by Governor Christie, Donald Trump’s promises to ‘drain the swamp’ ring hollow.”
The DNC also needled Christie by pointing to a video of Trump claiming that Christie "totally knew about" the lane closures from when the two were competing the for the presidential nomination.
Updated at 4:50 p.m.