You are here
Home > World News > Bridgegate ringleader could dodge jail time

Bridgegate ringleader could dodge jail time

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “fixer” at the Port Authority could get a get-out-of-jail-free card for his role masterminding the notorious Bridgegate scandal.

Newark prosecutors have asked federal judge Susan Wigenton to give David Wildstein zero jail time when he is sentenced Wednesday for his role in snarling traffic on the George Washington Bridge as political retribution to a Christie foe, according to sentencing documents released Tuesday.

Prosecutors cited Wildstein’s “very substantial and extremely useful assistance in its investigation” into the Bridgegate matter, which led to the convictions of former Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly and former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni.

“Put simply, were it not for Wildstein’s decision to cooperate and disclose the true nature of the the lane reductions, there likely would have been no prosecution related to the Bridge Scheme,” prosecutors including Lee Cortes told the judge in the letter.

Wildstein, who said he was hired at the Port Authority to look out for Gov. Christie’s interests, faces between 27 and 33 months under a sentencing range established by the department of probation.

In March, Kelly was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Baroni, Wildstein’s boss at the Port Authority, was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

At the trial, Wildstein admitted that he came up with the idea to use Port Authority resources to block Fort Lee lanes to the George Washington Bridge in an effort to punish the mayor of that borough for refusing to endorse Christie’s re-election.

He then sought out the approval of his Port Authority boss Baroni and Christie deputy chief of staff Kelly, he said.

While he never sought approval directly from Christie, he testified that the governor knew about the scheme, saying he and Baroni “bragged” about their handiwork in the middle of the week long traffic jam while cavorting with the governor at the 9/11 memorial in downtown Manhattan.

In response, Christie laughed, he told the Newark federal jury.

Christie has not been charged in participation with the scheme and has denied knowing about it either before or while it was happening.

It emerged at trial that Wildstein, a self-described political junkie, had dreams of following Christie from Trenton to the White House.

But those dreams were shattered in large part by the bridge scandal, which has helped pushed Christie’s approval rating down to 15 percent.

Last week, Christie angered residents again when he was caught hanging with his family out a beach that had been closed to residents due to a budget impasse.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/07/11/bridgegate-ringleader-could-dodge-jail-time/

Similar Articles

Leave a Reply

Top