The first week of the Bridgegate trial brought expected—and yet dramatic—claims from the prosecution that Gov. Chris Christie was aware of the 2013 lane closures at the George Washington Bridge even while they were taking place.
The trial also brought the sorts of details that tilted a serious abuse-of-power case into bizarre territory.
Exhibit 1: The prosecution alluded to an email its star witness David Wildstein sent to Bridget Kelly, one of the two defendants, in which he noted two things essential in politics—the insanity gene and the dead-to-me gene.
Exhibit 2: It came out that Wildstein once was so close to the second defendant, Bill Baroni, that they shared a private language.
The trial resumed in Newark yesterday, with Wildstein still on the stand and expected to flesh out the prosecution’s case of a conspiracy among Christie operatives at the highest level to close the lanes as part of a systematic use of Port Authority assets in service of the governor.
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