A jury is hearing for a third day from a key government witness in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial.
David Wildstein testified Tuesday he told Gov. Chris Christie at a Sept. 11 memorial event about traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on the third day of the four-day shutdown in 2013.
He said defendant Bill Baroni told Christie that the mayor of Fort Lee was frustrated that he wasn’t getting calls returned and that Wildstein was monitoring the situation.
Christie then replied sarcastically that he was sure that “Mr. Edge” wouldn’t be involved in politics, Wildstein continued. Wildstein used the pseudonym “Wally Edge” while publishing a New Jersey politics website.
During an event in Trenton Tuesday, Christie insisted that he had no knowledge about lane closures on the bridge before or during the political payback plot.
The Republican spoke to reporters outside of his office in the Statehouse after hearing about Wildstein’s testimony that he was told about the gridlock while it was unfolding and seemed happy about it.
Christie said he did not authorize the lane closures and that no evidence would be presented showing that he did.
“From the moment all this became public, my one job was to make sure that I told the people of New Jersey the absolute truth,” he said. “I have, I’ll continue to, and no matter what else anybody says that will not change.”