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Bridgegate Mastermind Sentenced

Bridgegate Mastermind Sentenced

David Wildstein avoids prison

(Newser) - A former ally to Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to him, the AP reports. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark sentenced David Wildstein to three...

NJ Paper to Christie: Ditch Campaign or Return Salary

Governor says he's vindicated in bridge scandal, but critics unswayed

(Newser) - In New Jersey yesterday, two former allies of Chris Christie were indicted in the bridge-closing fiasco of 2013, and a third pleaded guilty . And even though the latter continues to insist that the governor knew of the plan, no evidence has emerged so far to support that. Christie immediately issued...

Christie's Bridge Scandal Is Back: Pal Pleads Guilty

Two others to be indicted; these are the first charges in the 2013 scandal

(Newser) - As if Chris Christie's political fortunes weren't in enough trouble, Bridgegate is making headlines again. That would be the 2013 scandal in which the New Jersey governor's aides were accused of shutting down two lanes of traffic on the world's busiest bridge as a political vendetta...

Report Ordered by Christie Clears Him

Governor says he doesn't recall being informed of lane closings

(Newser) - In the for-what-it's-worth department, an internal report commissioned by the Chris Christie administration has cleared the governor of wrongdoing in the big bridge scandal, reports Reuters . "What we found was Gov. Christie had no involvement in the decision to close these lanes, and no prior knowledge of it,...

Christie Aides Wanted to Punish a Rabbi, Too

They joked about a traffic jam near his house

(Newser) - A big batch of emails among current and former Chris Christie aides is out, and while no bombshells appear to be in the mix, one exchange in particular is getting a lot of attention. Weeks before bridgegate , Christie's then deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly , joked with former...

Christie Should Resign if New Allegations Are True

If he lied, he must go, declares the New Jersey Star-Ledger

(Newser) - It's possible that the new allegations against Chris Christie—that he knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, despite his denials to the contrary—"could unravel," notes Politico . After all, nobody has seen the supposed evidence alleged to exist by...

Port Official: Christie Lied, Knew About Lane Closings

Governor reiterates that he knew nothing in advance

(Newser) - Chris Christie's bridge scandal may have just gotten a lot bigger: One of the key figures in the mess now insists that the New Jersey governor knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, reports the New York Times . In a newly released...

NJ Bridge Emails: Warning of 'Disaster' Ignored

Trove of documents don't implicate Christie directly in traffic shutdown

(Newser) - Media outlets have had the better part of a day to pore over thousands of newly released emails and texts related to the Chris Christie traffic mess , and if the New Jersey governor can take one bit of good news from the coverage, it's that none of the documents...

Commuters Sue Christie Over Bridge Jams

Port Authority 'sociopath' took 1st-hand look at chaos

(Newser) - Yet more "Bridgegate" trouble for Chris Christie: Six New Jersey commuters affected by the traffic scandal have filed a federal class-action suit against the governor, senior aide Bridget Anne Kelly, and the Port Authority, reports the New York Post . All claim they either got to work late or didn'...

NJ Bridge Official Takes the 5th, Accused of Contempt

Lawmakers try to grill ex-Port Authority exec David Wildstein

(Newser) - One of the political appointees smack dab in the middle of Chris Christie's traffic scandal had to face New Jersey state lawmakers today to explain why he shut down two lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September. But David Wildstein—who recently resigned as a Port Authority exec—...

Christie's Traffic Mess Could Become Legal Mess

The lane closures impeded EMS workers

(Newser) - Chris Christie's personal jam continues today—take a gander at the newspaper covers he woke up to—in light of the traffic-jam scandal that emerged yesterday. One of the more damaging revelations: The Sept. 9-13 lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, apparently ordered by Christie aides , caused major...

Christie: I'm 'Outraged' at Traffic Allegations

Denies knowledge, says aides will be held responsible for causing gridlock to punish rival

(Newser) - Chris Christie has responded to today's amazing allegations that his aides deliberately caused massive traffic jams on the world's busiest bridge to punish a political rival: The New Jersey governor insists that he had nothing to do with it and suggests that heads will roll, reports Politico . The...

Christie Aides' Emails Tied to Traffic Scandal

'Time for some traffic in Fort Lee,' said one after mayor refused to endorse him

(Newser) - Starting Sept. 9—the first day of school—a pair of closed lanes between a New Jersey city and the George Washington Bridge to New York caused massive traffic problems for several days. Officials have said the closures were part of a traffic study, but emails and text messages, newly...

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