David Wildstein, a former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who was removed from office after emails implicated him in the allegedly malicious closure of two lanes of the George Washington Bridge in September, 2013, is now claiming that Christie knew about those lane closures as they were happening. In a two-hour press conference on January 9, Christie repeatedly denied that he had no knowledge of those lane closures – a claim Wildstein says, according to a report in the New York Times, he can prove was not the case.
In a letter released by Wildstein’s lawyer, the former Christie aide describes the closure of two lanes of an entry onto the bridge from the city of Fort Lee as the result of “the Christie administration’s order.” He adds the “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.”
Wildstein’s attorney asserts that his client can “prove the inaccuracy” of some of Christie’s claims about having no foreknowledge of those lane closures prior to the recovery of some of his staffer’s personal emails showing that they took apparent pleasure in the frustrations the mounting traffic was causing for a political adversary.
UPDATE: The New York Times has amended their original story to reflect the fact that Wildstein’s attorney has not directly asserted that his client can prove Christie was aware of the lane closures, but that “evidence exists” to prove that claim. or their political nature. The offers of direct proof from Wildstein are that he can disprove some of the assertions Christie made during his January 9 press conference. The Times made no note of the amendments to its original story. You can track changes to the story here, via Newsdiffs.
UPDATE II: Via The Huffington Post, here are the original and amended lead paragraphs of the Times‘ story:
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Editor’s note: This story and its headline have been edited since publication. Both versions of the NYT story indicated that Wildstein claims Gov. Christie knew about the lane closures at the time; the story revisions dealt with whether Wildstein claims to possess evidence of this, or claims simply that “evidence exists.” – Jon Nicosia, Mgr. Editor
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