ibtimes.co.uk — [Trump stalwart Gov Chris Christie ‘knew bridge was shut to punish enemy mayor’] Top aides had “bragged” to the governor about the lane closings at a memorial service for those killed in the 11 September terrorist attacks, saying that they had been shut to “mess” with Democrat Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee, New Jersey.Sokolich’s desperate entreaties to open the lanes for “public safety” fell on deaf ears. Aides later claimed the lanes had been shut as part of a “traffic study.”Assistant US Attorney Vikas Khanna said former Christie confidante and Port Authority executive David Wildstein will testify that he told Christie about the plan to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge which connects upper Manhattan to Sokolich’s town of Fort Lee, CNN reported. The Port Authority is in charge of the region’s bridges.When news of the deliberate lane closings first emerged, it was widely seen as the death knell of Christie’s political career. Critics didn’t find it credible that aides would engineer such a retaliatory, devastating traffic jam without instructions from their boss.
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