Ex-Aide Says Christie Knew About Lane Closures on Bridge

A former loyalist of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who oversaw lane closings near the George Washington Bridge says there is evidence that contradicts what Christie said about the shutdown during a two-hour news conference three weeks ago.

In a letter Friday, David Wildstein's lawyer says his client "contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some."

Attorney Alan Zegas also says evidence exists that suggests the governor knew about the closures as they happened in September. Christie has given a series of statements about when he learned of the lane closures but has denied knowing of any political motive until early January.

Wildstein was Christie's No. 2 man at the agency that runs the bridge. He has since resigned.

Zegas and Christie's office did not immediately return messages.

In a precisely-worded statement released just before 6 p.m. Friday, Governor Christie's administration said:

“Mr. Wildstein's lawyer confirms what the Governor has said all along - he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened and whatever Mr. Wildstein's motivations were for closing them to begin with. As the Governor said in a December 13th press conference, he only first learned lanes were closed when it was reported by the press and as he said in his January 9th press conference, had no indication that this was anything other than a traffic study until he read otherwise the morning of January 8th. The Governor denies Mr. Wildstein's lawyer's other assertions.”

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