Christie’s Office Attacks Motives of Former Ally’s Lawyer’s Claims

Feb. 1, 2014 9:01 p.m. ET

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has attacked the motives of a former ally whose attorney claims the GOP presidential hopeful knew of highly disruptive lane closures on a New York area bridge as they were going on, contrary to the governor’s previous statements.

Mr. Christie’s office challenged the claims of his former associate, David Wildstein, in a public statement on Saturday. “Bottom line—David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein,” said the message, first reported by Politico and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrived on stage Saturday during the Super Bowl Hand-Off Ceremony on Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square in New York. Reuters

Mr. Wildstein’s attorney Alan Zegas in the letter released to the Port Authority and the media on Friday said “evidence exists…tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge” of the lane closures while they were still going on during the week beginning Sept. 9.

He didn’t identify the evidence to which he referred or say of what it consists. Mr. Zegas’s letter also said Mr. Wildstein could prove various statements made by the governor about Mr. Wildstein weren’t accurate.

Mr. Wildstein personally directed the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13, causing traffic jams in Fort Lee, N.J. that lengthened commutes and delayed emergency vehicles.

The closures were seen by many people as political retribution against Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor, who didn’t endorse Mr. Christie’s re-election. The exact motive for the lane closures has yet to be proven.

Mr. Wildstein has since resigned as director of interstate capital projects at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge, which is one of the busiest in the world.

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