It was a good day for David Wildstein, the architect of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal who faced a possible 21 to 33 months in prison for his role in the scheme.
Instead, federal prosecutors filed a motion asking the judge for probation for Wildstein because of his extensive cooperation with the government. He spent eight days on the stand testifying for the prosecution.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Cortes said in court today, “Were it not for David Wildstein’s cooperation we never would have seen Bridget Kelly’s ‘time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee’ email.”
Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie and former Port Authority deputy executive director Bill Baroni were sentenced earlier this year to 18 months and two years respectively for their part in the four-day lane closure that brought traffic in Fort Lee to a stop in September 2013.
The massive gridlock also helped end Christie’s presidential ambitions.
U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton sentenced Wildstein to three years probation and a lifetime ban on government work. “Only you made an attempt to rectify some of your wrongs, unlike others in this case,” she said.
The judge also sentenced Wildstein to 500 hours community service, $14,000 in restitution, and a $10,000 fine. Kelly and Baroni are on bail appealing their convictions.
on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.