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Bridgegate: Wildstein Says He Talked ‘Retaliation’ with Drewniak

Star prosecution witness also testifies that governor discussed getting rid of Democrats at Port Authority

Michael Drewniak testified for more than seven hours before a New Jersey legislative committee in May 2014.

Gov. Chris Christie’s reputation took a bit more of a beating Wednesday, as the star prosecution witness continued his testimony at the Bridgegate trial. David Wildstein told jurors in federal court in Newark that he informed the governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, that the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge were political payback in December 4, 2013, nine days before Christie denied that anyone in his office knew.

Wildstein also said under cross-examination by a lawyer for Bill Baroni, his former boss at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, that he and Christie discussed in 2010 getting rid of some Democrats at the bistate agency. Michael Baldassare appears to be trying to convince the jury that Wildstein was the real architect of the scheme to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not backing Christie’s gubernatorial campaign.

Christie has not been charged in the cover-up, although a former top aide, Bridget Kelly, and Baroni, the Port Authority’s former deputy executive director, are on trial. Wildstein pleaded guilty to corruption charges and agreed to testify for the prosecution.

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