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The man who came up with the idea to close ac­cess lanes to the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Bridge in 2013 was sen­tenced to three years’ pro­ba­tion Wed­nes­day.

David Wild­stein, a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive at the Port Author­ity of New York and New Jer­sey, was sen­tenced for his role in de­vis­ing the re­venge plot that en­gulfed New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Wild­stein was mostly un­known to the pub­lic be­fore three lanes to the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Bridge in Fort Lee were re­duced to one in 2013, caus­ing grid­lock lead­ing to the world’s busiest bridge.

When the Demo­cratic mayor of Fort Lee de­clined to en­dorse Christie for re- elec­tion, Wild­stein drew up plans to clog ac­cess to the bridge to pun­ish the mayor.

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