Filing in Port Authority suit sheds light on Christie role

The former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who pleaded guilty in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal described Gov. Chris Christie as using the agency to achieve political ends.

David Wildstein was named in a lawsuit brought by former Port Authority police official Jerry Speziale, who claims he was retaliated against for reporting misconduct.

In a court filing, Wildstein described a meeting in which Christie allegedly pushed for Speziale, a Democrat, to be hired by the Port Authority to prevent his re-election as Passaic County sheriff so a Republican could win that post.

Wildstein also claimed Christie, a former U.S. attorney, divulged information about grand jury testimony, a potential violation of the law. Christie’s office denied the allegation.

The New York Times first reported on Wildstein’s filing Monday.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.