New Jersey Gov. Christie Knew of Bridge Lane Closures, Attorney Says
Lawyer for Former Official Says Christie Knew of Closures on GWB While They Were Ongoing
By HEATHER HADDON And TED MANN CONNECT
Updated Jan. 31, 2014 5:18 p.m. ET
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a press conference announcing new objectives to crack down on human and sex trafficking earlier this week Getty Images
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew of lane closures at the George Washington Bridge while they were taking place, contrary to what he said at a news conference in early January, said an attorney for a former official who personally oversaw the lane closures.
The attorney representing David Wildstein, who has resigned from his position at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said Friday the lanes were closed at “the Christie administration’s order” and cited unspecified evidence that the Republican governor was aware of the matter. The closures, from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13, caused five days of traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., a borough on the western end of the bridge.
It was the first time any of Mr. Christie’s aides or allies have challenged the governor’s statements over the past several months that he didn’t know of the lane closures while they were occurring.
Ex-official says Christie knew about bridge lane closures -report
By Edith Honan and Chris Francescani
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former New Jersey official at the center of a political scandal dogging Governor Chris Christie said on Friday the prominent Republican knew about a traffic jam orchestrated by his top aides during the blockage, the New York Times reported.
Christie, seen as a 2016 White House hopeful, has repeatedly denied any knowledge of a plan to snarl traffic at the busy George Washington Bridge as political retribution and severed ties with several top aides over their role in the incident.
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