UPDATE: Christie Team Releases Statement Pushing Back Against Allegations
The Christie Administration just released the following statement:
“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.”
A big (but not unexpected) report in today’s NYT:
In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “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” three weeks ago.
“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.
Majorly-horrible trouble for the embattled N.J. Governor? Or merely the self-interested claims of a drowning man?
You can read Wildstein’s attorney’s letter here. The NYT report did not, significantly, convey the precise nature of the evidence alleged by Mr. Wildstein, a former port authority official who went by the pen name “Wally Edge” during his PolitickerNJ days, nor does the letter. Over at Gannett, Bob Ingle notes quite correctly that Wildstein’s attorney stops short of saying that Governor Christie ordered anything…
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