March 12, 2015 4:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]The person who mastermined the Bridgegate scandal was closer to Chris Christie than the governor has acknowledged.

That is the conclusion of a WNYC examination of calendars maintained by David Wildstein during his four years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, along with a review of more than 1,000 photographs provided by the Port Authority and thousands of pages of documents released by the governor’s own legal team and the New Jersey Legislature.

Christie has insisted he had little to do with Wildstein, his former $150,000-a-year appointee at the Port Authority with whom he attended Livingston High School in the 1970s.

“I don’t even remember in the last four years even having a meeting in my office with David Wildstein,” Christie said at his marathon two-hour press conference in January 2014, after the legislature released Bridgegate records including the now infamous email to Wildstein declaring, “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Christie told reporters:  “I may have, but I don’t remember it.”

But the documents, corroborated by current and former Port Authority and Trenton staffers who requested anonymity because of the ongoing federal investigation, paint a new picture of Wildstein’s role in the Christie Administration. That view chips away at Christie’s and his lawyers’ portrayal of Wildstein as a rogue employee largely isolated from the governor who acted with one staffer in closing lanes and causing epic traffic jams on the roadways of Fort Lee for four morning commutes in September 2013.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

23 responses to Bridgegate Mastermind Was Christie Insider

  1. majii March 12th, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    If some Americans haven’t discovered it by now, they should know that Christie will lie about any/everything, especially if lying gets him what he wants/needs. He lied about the stimulus funds for the ARC tunnel by saying that the state’s share would be too, too much but used the money to plug the hole in NJ’s depleted transportation fund; he told NJ’s citizens that the Obama Education Dept. refused to give the NJ State Education Dept. the proper amount of Race to the Top funding when the truth was that NJ’s education officials had missing paperwork that impacted the amount of funding the state could receive; he signed a bill to increase the share the state would pay into state employees’ pension fund saying at the time that it was a “signature” accomplishment, but he later unilaterally reduced the amount the state would pay in order to plug a huge hole he created in the state’s budget. These are only a few of Christie lies and misdeeds, so I am not surprised he lied about his relationship with Wildstein, too. When he was first asked about Wildstein, he said that although the two had attended the same high school, he didn’t know him that “well.”

  2. rg9rts March 12th, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Who is surprised by this??? Not anyone familiar with the “Bully of New Jersey!”

  3. Red Eye Robot March 12th, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Hilary is in trouble, Obama’s iran deal is in tatters, Obama rolling back plans to attack ISIS. QUICK, TALK ABOUT A TRAFFIC JAM IN NEW JERSEY!

    • rg9rts March 12th, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      What an idiot you are… MORON

      Say something brilliant about the 47 senators that should be arrested for violating the Logan Act…and do some hard time

    • rg9rts March 12th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      You do realize that peoples lives were put at risk by that action…of course the gopee doesn’t care about the riff raff …do you

      • Red Eye Robot March 12th, 2015 at 9:50 pm

        Hilary’s unsecured email server didn’t put Americans at risk? Obama’s deal to allow Iran to build nuclear weapons doesn’t put the entire world at risk? But a traffic jam where nobody was harmed, and Christie has already been cleared of is still news?

        • rg9rts March 13th, 2015 at 2:02 am

          As much as Powell’s moron

        • rg9rts March 13th, 2015 at 2:04 am

          The feds haven’t finished with the fat man yet…He is still under investigation and thats why some of the participants can’t speak…but of course YOU knew that

        • fancypants March 13th, 2015 at 2:05 am

          unsecured only if the info was hacked witch it appears not to be the case.
          or are you telling us hackers knew her password ?

        • Obewon March 13th, 2015 at 9:00 am

          3 U.S. Attorney investigations remain open. Even the GOP knows Christie wasn’t born to run.

        • Chinese Democracy March 13th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

          UNSECURED? Who told you that? FOX? lol

    • tracey marie March 12th, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      deflect, show your ass and sound ignorant..the red eye robot way

    • tiredoftea March 12th, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Uhh, no, but thanks for, once again, displaying your truly ignorant views.

    • Chinese Democracy March 13th, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Hilary is in trouble? What did she do that was illegal? . Obama iran deal hasn’t even been reached yet. Hopefully the traitor letter righters are in deep chit. You type this shit like a majority agree with it . FOX isn’t the universe .. its just a conservative fantasyland.

    • fancypants March 13th, 2015 at 2:07 am

      I would rather pretend Nobody died in traffic while Christie had his fun that day. Because tax payers are a dime a dozen in new jersey

    • Obewon March 13th, 2015 at 9:12 am

      The Obama admin Iranian sanctions forced Iran to disclose their formerly secret nuclear programs and surrender to daily inspections of Iranian nuclear sites by UN IAEA boots on the ground, with 24/7 video surveillance and destruction of all enriched uranium above 5%. Thanks for reproving FNC never updates their fantasies with any accuracy.

  4. Warman1138 March 12th, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    how long can Christie tread water, it’s getting deeper out there in the river of truth.

    • Obewon March 12th, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Even the GOP soured, exclaiming: ‘why feed one crazy big kid with Koch’s $1 B, when we can fund an entire zombie Apocalypse with Koch cash! Dawn of the dead GOP

      • Chinese Democracy March 13th, 2015 at 12:54 am

        love this .. the vid the song the point heh

      • Warman1138 March 13th, 2015 at 6:56 am

        That was cool, especially the back up the truck part. That cracked me up, thanks for the laugh.

  5. tiredoftea March 12th, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    “David who?” C. Christie, Gov. of New Jersey.

  6. oldfart March 13th, 2015 at 10:47 am

    2016 is a long way away. with his approval rating falling, his state dancing in the red, investigations still to be completed, christie will be lucky to get elected to dog catcher by the time November ’16 does gets here. i seriously doubt any billionaire would be willing to spend a dime on him.

  7. William March 13th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Relax it shouldn’t cost too much more to get this straightened out.