CNN: Christie Forced MTA To Make Job For Embattled Aide He Claimed He Rarely Saw
By D.B. Hirsch
January 16, 2014 10:49 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com
CNN tosses Christie’s “I rarely saw him, he wasn’t really my pal” Bridgeghazi narrative into the metaphorical wood chipper. What do you want to bet Christie “amends and revises” what he said about David Wildstein?
Give him a position at the top of the agency; he’s a good friend of the governor.
That’s how David Wildstein was introduced to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2010, according to a former employee with extensive knowledge of the agency’s hiring practices.
Soon after, Wildstein was named the director of Interstate Capital Projects, a title that previously had not existed at the bi-state agency, setting in motion a career that would eventually place the former political blogger at the center of the lane closures controversy at the George Washington Bridge.
Wildstein catapulted into the national spotlight with his response to the infamous e-mail from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s aide: “Time for some traffic problems in Ft. Lee,” Bridget Kelly wrote. Wildstein responded, “Got it.”
A former Port Authority employee told CNN that agency officials were told in 2010 they had to find a place for WIldstein at the executive level and the directive was coming from Christie’s office. Soon after, the position was created specifically for WIldstein. When Wildstein started, Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, Christie’s top appointee at the agency, introduced him to people as a good friend of the governor.