UPDATE: Wildstein scheduled for 11 a.m. federal court appearance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Well, it looks like it’s happening, Save Jerseyans.

David Wildstein, the artist formally known as “Wally Edge” and former Port Authority figure at the center of the Bridgegate scandal, is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.

The arrival (of a considerable thinner Wildstein, btw): 

Like I said after Bob Menendez was indicted, folks, there’s nothing to “celebrate” today. Yes, I’m happy we have a justice system that usually works. That’s a good thing, But this is a sad business. The underlying alleged crimes are a stain on our state’s already sullied reputation and an embarrassment for citizens at every exit. I’m tried of paying people to make us look bad.

We still don’t know what he’s pleading to, FYI, but they’re obviously expected to be related in some way to the closures of two of three of the Fort Lee toll lanes of the George Washington Bridge between September 9th and 13th 2013. 

What’s next? Shortly after Wildstein’s planned appearance, at 1:00 p.m., U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is expected to hold a press conference at which time we may (but might not) find out what else, if anything is coming down the pike (like additional charges filed against other individuals who didn’t strike plea deals).

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or bridge, pardon the pun): this mess began, or at least reached allegedly criminal levels, back on August 13, 2013 when Wildstein infamously received an e-mail from Governor Christie Christie’s then-Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly concluding that it was, “[t]ime for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” to which Wildstein ominously responded, “[g]ot it.” For more meat with your potatoes, click here to revisit the Mastro report…

And stay tuned…

FYI: Governor Christie is in Virginia today for an 8:00 a.m. NVTC/CEA 2015-16 Leadership Series Breakfast at the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton in McLean. He has no other public schedule. The feds had interviewed him back in December but, from what we can tell based on what’s publicly available, a link to the Governor was never established.

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