Bridgegate witness alleges hardball tactics by Christie

A former state government employee is alleging some hardball tactics by New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Christopher Stark is testifying in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial of two former Christie allies charged with causing traffic gridlock to punish a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse Christie.

Stark testified Wednesday his office received a profanity-laced voicemail from a Monmouth County elected official referring to Christie’s weight and accusing him of “only holding press conferences” in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Stark testified he was told Christie responded by leaving an equally profane message for the official reminding him that Christie was governor and Christie would “destroy him” if he didn’t fall into line.

Stark worked for former Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly, who is on trial.

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