Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closings, Ex-Official Says

Source: M. Alex Johnson / NBC News

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about the controversial closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge when it happened last year, a former close aide alleged Friday in a letter obtained by NBC News.

Christie — who’s considered a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — has repeatedly denied having known about the closing of two of three local access lanes from Fort Lee, N.J., to the bridge, which is one of the busiest in the world. The closing froze traffic for four days — allegedly in retaliation over the mayor’s refusal to endorse him in the 2013 governor’s race.

In the letter to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (.pdf), a lawyer for David Wildstein — the Port Authority official who actually ordered the closings — says there is evidence “tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed.”

The letter was first reported Friday by The New York Times and subsequently obtained by NBC News.

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