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Lawyer for former Christie loyalist contests NJ governor’s account in traffic-jam scandal

The plot has thickened in the New Jersey traffic-jam-scandal saga. Following Gov. Chris Christie’s assertions that he had known nothing in advance about a claimed plan to close lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in September as payback for a lack of political support by the Fort Lee mayor, a lawyer for a Christie political appointee at the heart of the scandal cast doubt on the governor’s accounts.

In a letter made public Friday, an attorney for David Wildstein said the former director of interstate capital projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey “contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the Associated Press reports.

However, Christie’s office said a key claim in the letter—that he knew about the lane closures at the time—is consistent with the governor’s explanation that he thought they were part of a legitimate traffic study.

CNN provides a copy of the letter (PDF) by Alan L. Zegas.

See also: “Judge OKs subpoena requiring NJ gov’s appointee to testify about traffic-jam scandal; he takes 5th”

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