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Ex-Port Authority official says Christie knew about lane closures

Another shoe may have dropped in the Bridgegate scandal.  Ex-Port official said Christie knew about it.
Another shoe may have dropped in the Bridgegate scandal. Ex-Port official said Christie knew about it.
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The New York Times reported Friday that the attorney for fired Port Authority official David 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.

If these allegations stand up, it means that everything Republican Governor Chris Christie has said about Bridgegate is a lie. In his marathon news conference, the Governor said repeatedly that he knew nothing about his office’s involvement in the lane closures until January of this year.

At this point, all we know is that David Wildstein’s attorney claims there is evidence linking Christie. No one in the media has seen that evidence yet, and there is no way at this point of knowing if it exists, what it is, and if it is the truth. However, this is just one more shoe dropping for Governor Christie two days before the Super Bowl.

Last September lanes were closed for nearly a week on the Ft. Lee, New Jersey entrance to the George Washington Bridge. The result was a traffic jam that paralyzed traffic in the city. An investigation by the New Jersey State Legislature has uncovered documents indicating that the lane closure was ordered by officials in the Christie Administration for no apparent reason. The speculation is the lane closures were some sort of political pay-back by Christie’s office, but for what is not yet clear.

The Governor claims he knew nothing about it until long after the lanes re-opened despite the fact his staff was behind it. If Wildstein’s evidence surfaces and is authenticated, Christie will have a serious political problem. He could also face legal jeopardy for a cover-up.

When he appeared before the legislature, David Wildstein took the fifth. His attorney told the committee that if Wildstein received immunity, they would get the answers they were looking for.

The attorney’s letter was written to the Port Authority objecting to their decision not to pay Wildstein’s attorney fees in this matter. When the scandal broke open, Christie fired Wildstein and another member of his administration. In January, he fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Ann Kelly, and his former campaign manager.

Next week, 17 individuals and three organizations are due to produce documents subject to a subpoena. On Friday, Christie’s campaign chief said he would not comply with the subpoena. It will be interesting to see is the others also refuse to comply, especially in light of this news.

Recent polls show a plurality of Americans questioned Christie’s version before this revelation. This is not going to help.

The Super Bowl being played in New Jersey was supposed to do for Christie what the Olympics in Sochi are doing for Putin. Due to this controversy, Christie has been missing in action from all Super Bowl festivities—so far. If he shows up now, it will be with this cloud of suspicion over his head.

Stay tuned.

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