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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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