Governor Chris Christe (R,NJ) came out wielding verbal attacks on David Wildstein, the Port Authority attorney who claims that Christie knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as they were happening according to CNN, Feb. 1, 2014.
In his appearance before reporters, Christie distanced himself from Wildstein, claiming that although he knew Wildstein and went to a "three year high school" with him, that they never were "friends" and never were "close." Christie claims that there was a twenty-three year gap during which he and Wildstein did not see each other at all, from 1977 to 2000. He asserts that even after he and Wildstein met again in 2000, that they only saw each other "in passing' in the hallway and that they never were cordial with one another.
Christie told reporters that Wildstein had been seeking immunity from prosecution in this matter since its inception and that he believed that Wildstein was fabricating the story that he knew about the lane closures so that the Port Authority would pay his legal fees. Wildstein had claimed that he received a call from an aide to Governor Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly, in which Kelly told him that it was "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." Kelly's statement is believed to have been intended as retribution against the Mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse Christe in his gubernatorial reelection campaign.
Christie also took aim at the New York Times for what he called "sloppy" reporting regarding attorney Alan Zegas's statements to the effect that "evidence exists" that Christie knew about the lane closures as they were happening.
The New York Times refused to alter its story on Zegas's statement, stating the following through a spokesperson:
"We regularly update web stories for clarity as we did in this case. We do not note changes unless it involves an error."