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Sen. Weinberg Says Latest Christie Allegations Prove Investigation Must Go Forward

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Former Port Authority official David Wildstein today released a letter through his attorney claiming that he has proof Gov. Chris Christie knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closures in September and made statements that were untrue during his lengthy press conference Jan. 9. Democratic Sen. Loretta Weinberg, co-chair of the select committee charged with investigating the GWB lane closures, told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the latest allegations show that the committee needs to continue its work until the truth is determined.

“It just proves that we need to get to the bottom of what really went on here and that people should be coming before us and telling the whole truth,” Weinberg said.

Weinberg said there was another allegation that Wildstein makes in his letter that should be investigated. According to Wildstein, a Port Authority attorney counseled Bill Baroni for his appearance before the Assembly Transportation Committee for several days.

“If in fact that allegation is true and if in fact an attorney for the Port Authority counseled Mr. Baroni to give a coverup to the Assembly Transportation Committee, I find that another very, very disturbing allegation that needs to be explored,” Weinberg said. “I think it’s pretty well accepted by everybody that what Mr. Baroni came and said — not under oath and not as a result of a subpoena — but what he told the Transportation Committee was untrue. There doesn’t seem to be a traffic study. That was testified to by the executive director, Pat Foye.”

Weinberg isn’t sure if Christie will be called to testify. She said the governor’s office has been subpoenaed for documents and the committee will make a decision about future subpoenas after those are received.

“We’ll wait and see what’s in those documents and then decide as we go ahead. But these are some carefully worded, I think, allegations in this letter and it just proves that this committee needs to forge ahead,” Weinberg said. “And on behalf of the people of New Jersey needs to find out what the truth of this whole sordid saga is.”