Wildstein: Christie aides helped with Bridgegate testimony

David Wildstein (left) and his attorney Alan Zegas leave Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse after a hearing

David Wildstein (left) and his attorney Alan Zegas leave Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse after a hearing

The government’s key witness in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal says people close to Gov. Chris Christie gathered on a conference call to prep a cover story for the gridlock that prosecutors contend was political revenge.

NJ.com reported David Wildstein testified on Thursday that Phil Kwon, Christie’s former pick for the state Supreme Court, and Regina Egea, who eventually served as the Republican governor’s aide, helped prepare testimony that the closures were for a traffic study.

The pair prepped former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni on what to tell lawmakers probing the incident, Wildstein said

Baroni and former Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly are on trial on federal charges related to the September 2013 lane closures.

Defense attorneys countered that Wildstein’s story had shifted from previous grand jury testimony.

 

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