David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official who ordered the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, said Friday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) approved of what was happening.
Wildstein claimed in a letter released by his lawyer that the lane closures were “the Christie administration’s order,” the New York Times reported.
The letter added that “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference.”
Wildstein resigned on Dec. 6 after emails surfaced that showed Christie administration officials used the lane closing to punish a political opponent in September 2013.
The lane closures resulted in a massive four-day-long traffic jam.
Christie has insisted that he “had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution.”
UPDATE: Christie’s office has issued a statement — “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.”