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Friday, January 31, 2014

Report Says Christie Knew About GWB Lane Closures


The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.

The letter marked the first signal that Mr. Christie may have been aware of the closings, something he repeatedly denied during the news conference.

Some people were thinking that Bridget Ann Kelly, the deputy chief of staff, might be the one to throw Christie under the bus, but then she hired a lawyer with close ties to Christie, making that seem unlikely.

Rather it seems to be Christie's old pal Wildstein who is doing it.

Probably too early to completely write off Christie, but if Wildstein can prove Christie spent two hours consciously lying at his press conference a few weeks back when he denied knowing about the bridge lane closure plot, you'd have to think not only is Christie not going to be able to run for president, he may not even be able to remain governor.

Americans seem to take politicians lying about sex in stride.

Not so sure that many New Jersey citizens will take this in stride.


  1. Kelly lawyer close to Christie already recused himself. Count me as a Jersey resident not taking any of this in stride,

    1. Good point about the lawyer. Someone earlier, I think it might have been State of Politics, said Wildstein would be the one who turned and that's how it worked. Now we'll have to see if he can back it up.

  2. The now mere minnow...he's toast.

    1. If Wildstein comes in with documented proof, yes, he is finished. Still a big if. We'll see. Get some popcorn, in any case. Will be fun to watch.

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