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Bombshell: Chris Christie Knew About the Lane Closings, Says David Wildstein, Christie's Former Appointee to the Port Authority NY Times; Washington Post

"The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that 'evidence exists' the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening," reports The New York Times.

The article reports: "In a letter released by his lawyer, the former official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as 'the Christie administration’s order' and said 'evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference' three weeks ago."

Adds the Washington Post: "The letter, written to the Port Authority general counsel by Wildstein's lawyer, Alan Zegas, disputes the agency's decision not to pay Wildstein's legal fees during the state and federal investigations into the scandal."

The Post story continues: "Suspicions about Christie's involvement with the lane closures began when The Wall Street Journal and the Bergen Record released e-mails between Christie's recently fired deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and Wildstein, one of which said, 'Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.'

"In a news conference Jan. 9, Christie denied knowledge of his staffers' involvement in the lane closures, adding, 'I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team.'"

chris christie.jpgGov. Chris Christie