Christie knew about lane closures, according to high school pal

A longtime friend says Gov. Chris Christie knew former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly gave him orders to shut down access lanes from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge, according to a letter written by David Wildstein’s lawyer.

STATE — A top aide and close political confidante says Gov. Chris Christie knew about the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, the tip of the iceberg in the scandal now swirling around the administration’s abuse of power during an election campaign that would probably have succeeded without dramatic or unethical action.

In a series of moves that remind pundits of the dirty tricks and cover ups that led to President Richard Nixon’s disgraceful exit from politics, Christie henchmen appeared so intent on winning by a large margin over the virtually unknown Democratic state Senator opposing him that they stupidly bent and broke rules.

According to a New York Times report, a lawyer for David Wildstein, Christie’s high school buddy who used his job at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to jam the bridge, described instructions to close access lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said that he has evidence to prove it.

The governor fired Bridget Anne Kelly, the deputy chief of staff who sent an email saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” to Wildstein, who has since resigned as director of interstate capital projects at the Port Authority.

In a letter released by Alan Zegas Wildstein’s lawyer, the attorney said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to havi,ng 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.”

The statements were made in a letter Zegas wrote asking the authority to reconsider a decision not to pay Wildstein’s legal bills.

“I would also request that the Port Authority pay for Lhe legal fees of Mr. Wildstein and indemnify him for any civil lawsuits that are instituted against the Port Authority where Mr.Wild stein is named or any proceedings In which Mr. Wildstein is a party or a person under investigation as a result of conduct occurring while he was employed by the Port Authority,” Zegas wrote.

“Chris Christie’s road to the White House recently looked like a Bridge to Nowhere, but it is beginning to seem more like a pathway to prison,” said Democratic Party strategist James J. Devine. “I have voter files primed and ready to go for any progressive candidate who wants to start gearing up for a special gubernatorial election.”

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