TRENTON, NEW JERSEY – A scandal that has shaken any presidential prospects for Republican star Chris Christie appeared to deepen Friday as a former ally said the New Jersey governor made inaccurate statements after top aides were accused of orchestrating a huge traffic jam at one of the world’s busiest bridges. Christie’s office insisted that he told the truth.
The now-former aides are accused of causing the closures at the George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey with Manhattan as an apparent act of political revenge against a Democratic mayor.
The lawyer for David Wildstein, a longtime friend of Christie who was the No. 2 official at the agency that runs the bridge, said in a letter Friday that his client “contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some.”
Attorney Alan Zegas also said there is evidence that suggests Christie knew about the closures when they happened.