Email reveals Trump aide Jared Kushner praised Christie ally for Bridgegate: ‘It was kind of badass’
Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and now top advisor, emailed a former Port Authority official in Dec. 2013 to express that the George Washington Bridge closure — “Bridgegate” — was “kind of bad*ss,” Talking Points Memo reports.
In an email that was recently obtained by the Washington Post and dated Dec. 7, 2013, Kushner wrote to former Port Authority official David Wildstein, “Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and wishing the best. For what it’s worth, I thought the move you pulled was kind of bad*ss.”
Kushner sent the note after Wildstein had resigned from his position in the midst of the scandal.
Earlier this month, two former Christie aides were found guilty in the Bridgegate trial. The former deputy executive director of Port Authority, Bill Baroni, and Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, were both convicted on Nov. 4.
Christie said he was “saddened” by their convictions but maintained a distance from the investigation and trial.
According to TPM, Kushner “had reason to cheer Christie’s downfall.” Kushner’s father, Charles, was prosecuted by Christie’s office when the now-New Jersey governor served as a federal prosecutor. Charles Kushner was prosecuted for criminal tax evasion and witness tampering.
Risa Heller, a spokeswoman for the Trump-in-law told the Washington Post that Kushner’s email was a “poorly worded way of Jared trying to cheer up an old friend.”