David Wildstein, the government’s star witness in the Bridgegate trial, testified that Gov. Chris Christie laughed when he was told about the massive traffic jams in Fort Lee caused by the closing of access lanes on the George Washington Bridge.
Wildstein said that his boss, Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, told Christie about the lane closings when the three men met at a memorial ceremony in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2013, the 12th anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center, two days after the traffic problems began.
Wildstein, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges, was in his third day on the witness stand at the federal trial in Newark of Baroni and Bridget Kelly, a former top Christie aide. Christie has not been charged in the case and has said he does not remember the conversation with Baroni.
The lane closings were allegedly ordered to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who had refused to back the Republican Christie’s bid for a second term in 2013.
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