The New York Times is reporting that former Port Authority official, who was in charge of the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge last year that ignited a scandal in the New Jersey’s governor office, has evidence that Governor Christie knew about the closings.
“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.”
Governor Christie is already under investigation for the closing of the bridge lanes and for the misuse of Super storm Sandy funds.
If Christie in fact knew of the lane closures that were ordered for political retribution of the Mayor of Fort Lee’s decline to endorse the Governor, this could be the nail in his political coffin because it shows a willingness to jeopardize citizens and public safety to settle the score with a colleague.