Wildstein Gives E-Mail Names to N.J. Panel Probing Bridge
David Wildstein, whose “Got it” reply to an aide of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie triggered four days of traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge, has told lawmakers the identities of e-mail users with whom he discussed the matter.
Wildstein, a former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive, had provided material with names blacked out in response to a subpoena in January by New Jersey legislators reviewing the Republican administration’s ties to the lane closings. Members of the state Select Committee on Investigation today were given about 15 pages of complete documents, according to Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a Democratic panel member from Teaneck.
“They give us the names -- to whom and from whom -- which we didn’t have before,” Weinberg said in a telephone interview.
Weinberg said she hadn’t yet viewed the new material. She said, though, there was no reason to believe that Christie was among the people with whom Wildstein discussed the matter.
Christie has denied any knowledge of a plot.
Wildstein resigned in December as director of interstate capital projects for the Port Authority, which operates the bridge between New York and New Jersey. Alan Zegas, his Chatham-based attorney, didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment on the documents.
In another development, lawyers for the legislative panel will meet tomorrow with Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, said a person with knowledge of the meeting who declined to be identified because the person wasn’t authorized to speak ahead of a formal announcement.
Sokolich didn’t immediately return a telephone call to his law office in Fort Lee. His attorney, Timothy Donohue of West Orange, didn’t immediately respond to a voicemail message.
Sokolich, a Democrat, has said he believes the closings were intended to punish him for not endorsing the re-election of Christie, a 51-year-old Republican. The question of who ordered the tie-ups and why has tarnished the governor’s prospects for a White House run in 2016.
Sokolich was interviewed by federal prosecutors on the staff of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for more than three hours on Feb. 21, Donohue said by telephone this week. In an e-mail, Donohue declined to discuss the nature of the meeting because of “an ongoing criminal investigation.”
Wildstein’s role was evident in an Aug. 13 e-mail conversation with Bridget Anne Kelly, a Christie deputy chief of staff. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Kelly wrote. “Got it,” Wildstein replied.
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