Monday, September 26, 2016

Bridgegate Trial Day 6: Wildstein on hatching the plot


The government’s star witness in the political conspir
acy trial of two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he identified local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as a “potential leverage point” against the mayor of Fort Lee two years before the plan was executed.


Paul Berger, reporting for The Record and reprinted in USA TODAY, writes:



David Wildstein also told a Christie-appointed GOP member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey about the plan a few weeks before it happened, he said Monday.

“I viewed Mr. (William "Pat") Schuber as a loyal member of Governor Christie’s team,” Wildstein said. He added that he told Schuber that the order for the lane closures “came from the governor’s office” and Schuber told Wildstein that he understood.

Contacted later, Schuber's lawyer, Salvatore Alfano, said Schuber "categorically denies that he had any conversation with Wildstein about the lane closures."

Wildstein said that he informed Schuber of the plot because Schuber was a former Bergen County executive and he most likely would receive complaints once the closures took effect. 

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