Former Exec Says Christie Laughed About Bridgegate on 9/11 Anniversary

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Former Port Authority executive David Wildstein testified under oath this morning that he personally told New Jersey Governor Chris Christie about the "Bridgegate" lane closures on the 12th anniversary of 9/11 and they all had a big laugh about it.

The man, David Wildstein, recalled how Mr. Christie reacted with laughter, clearly appreciating the news. And upon learning that the mayor’s calls were being met with silence, Mr. Wildstein said, the governor said in a sarcastic tone, “I imagine he wouldn’t get his calls returned.” [...]

Mr. Christie joked about Mr. Wildstein’s role, he testified, using the name Mr. Wildstein had used in the past as an anonymous political blogger, Wally Edge. “Mr. Baroni said to Governor Christie that I was monitoring the traffic, I was watching over everything,” Mr. Wildstein, a former Port Authority official hired by Mr. Baroni, recalled on Tuesday. “Governor Christie said in the sarcastic tone of the conversation, he said, ‘Well, I’m sure Mr. Edge would not be involved in anything that’s political.’”

Ha! Get it? Because no one would ever accuse him of orchestrating a politically-motivated conspiracy while doing exactly that.

Wildstein's testimony also makes it clear that Governor Christie did absolutely nothing to stop the lane closures that continued for two more days after they all shared a laugh on the anniversary of 9/11. Wildstein also testified that Christie refused to speak with other Democratic mayors in addition to the mayor of Fort Lee because they did not endorse him.

As you might expect, Christie is denying Wildstein's testimony, but it's abundantly clear to me that Christie is a guilty, lying sack. Christie has never testified under oath so, for the time being, he continues to run his mouth to the press.

After prosecutors declared in their opening statement that Christie knew about the lane closures, I was waiting for the next shoe to drop. This is it, but it might not be over.

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  • muselet

    What a slimy little man Chris Christie is.


    • Badgerite

      “Lock him up. Lock him up.” Works for me. What we have here is an actual crime and everything.
      And that is what we lock people up for. Not being a political opponent. Though one can see how that might qualify as a crime in Christie’s mind. Scumbag.

  • Aynwrong

    As scandals go this one is pretty unique. The executive of a state government took his revenge against a politician of the opposing party who refused to endorse Christie in an election that Christie was guaranteed to win by an overwhelming margin. The lives of citizens that Christie was sworn to serve were jeopardized out of petty spite.

    And to think, this is the guy that Trump wanted on the ticket with him and apparently it wasn’t even the bridge closing that kept him from choosing Christie. It was that Christie once investigated Trump’s in law for tax evasion. So even when Trump makes the right decision it’s motivated by petty nonsense.

    It’s all so petty.

    • JMAshby

      Petty spite and power.

    • And boy oh boy is that exactly what a Trump administration would be like.