Tes­ti­mony: Christie pals OK’d grid­lock, cam­paign chief knew

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

NE­WARK, N.J. — A po­lit­i­cal re­venge scheme to cre­ate traf­fic grid­lock near the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Bridge in 2013 was ap­proved by two for­mer al­lies of Repub­li­can Gov. Chris Christie who are on trial and shared with Christie’s then-cam­paign man­ager, the gov­ern­ment’s key wit­ness tes­ti­fied Mon­day

David Wild­stein also told jurors how he re­ceived the “Time for some traf­fic prob­lems in Fort Lee” email from Christie’s then-deputy chief of staff, Brid­get Kelly, on Aug. 13, 2013, about a month be­fore the town next to the bridge was en­gulfed in four days of epic traf­fic jams. Kelly has pre­vi­ously said some of her emails and texts from that pe­riod were meant to be sar­cas­tic and were taken out of con­text. But Wild­stein told jurors Mon­day he as­sumed it meant it was time to put the scheme in ac­tion to pun­ish Fort Lee’s Demo­cratic mayor.

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