Chris Christie struck back at David Wildstein over the weekend, shooting down the allegation that he knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closings before they happened and calling into question Wildstein’s character.
Wildstein, a Port Authority appointee who knows Christie from their high school days, was implicated in the scandal last month when an email was released from Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, telling Wildstein that it was “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” The lane closings were allegedly a form of revenge on the mayor for not endorsing Christie and caused a horrific traffic snarl for four days, creating delays for school buses and emergency vehicles. Last week, Wildstein said that not only did Christie order the closings, but the entire operation was referred to as the “Christie administration’s order”.
“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,” Wildstein wrote in a letter released by his lawyer.
The New Jersey governor sent out a letter over the weekend to his supporters titled “5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That’s Not A Bombshell” and said that Wildstein’s revelations were in his own best interest and don’t hold any truth.
“Bottom line – David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein,” the letter read. “In David Wildstein’s past, people and newspaper accounts have described him as ‘tumultuous’ and someone who ‘made moves that were not productive. As a 16-year-old kid, he sued over a local school board election. He was publicly accused [by his social studies teacher in high school] of deceptive behavior. He had a controversial tenure as mayor of Livingston. He was an anonymous blogger known as Wally Edge. He had a strange habit of registering web addresses for other people’s names without telling them.”
The scandal has reportedly thrown Christie’s chances for the presidential campaign in 2016 into chaos, but he still has the support of the GOP.
“We don’t have any proof right now that the governor said, ‘Go and close the lanes.’ We know that somebody who was in his office, Bridget Kelly, ordered the lane closures,” New Jersey assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Nothing yet implicates the governor directly.”
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