Ex-Christie Ally Wildstein Cooperating With U.S. in Bridge Case

David Wildstein, a former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, right, exits federal court with his lawyer Alan Zegas, left, in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., on Friday, May 1, 2015. Wildstein pleaded guilty to conspiring to create traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge to punish a local mayor.

Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg

David Wildstein, a former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is cooperating with federal prosecutors investigating traffic jams he ordered near the George Washington Bridge in September 2013.

An assistant U.S. attorney at Wildstein’s guilty plea hearing Friday in Newark revealed that he is assisting with the probe.

Wildstein’s plea would be the first conviction in the 16-month U.S. investigation of the incident, which state lawmakers said was done to punish a local Democratic mayor. The four-day closure triggered an inquiry into the Republican governor’s aides and appointees as he readies a potential run for president.

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