Former Port Authority official David Wildstein says he has proof Gov. Chris Christie knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closures when they happened in September.
Wildstein sent a letter through his attorney that says the order for the closures came from the Christie administration and that “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.”
During a nearly two-hour press conference Jan. 9, Christie announced the firing of Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly and said he had no knowledge that staffers were involved in closing traffic lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee.
The press conference came after emails surfaced in which Kelly ordered the lane closures by writing, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Before those communications were released, Christie denied any involvement by his administration in the lane closures.
Christie denied any wrongdoing in a statement released by his administration: “Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer confirms what the Governor has said all along – he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened and whatever Mr. Wildstein’s motivations were for closing them to begin with. As the Governor said in a December 13th press conference, he only first learned lanes were closed when it was reported by the press and as he said in his January 9th press conference, had no indication that this was anything other than a traffic study until he read otherwise the morning of January 8th. The Governor denies Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer’s other assertions.”