Governor Chris Christie’s office issued the following statement on Friday afternoon denying that the governor knew more about the closure of the lanes leading on to the George Washington Bridge than he has previously acknowledged. Port Authority official David Wildstein, through his attorney, said earlier today that he has evidence “tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures” that contradicts the governor’s public statements. The statement from Christie’s office is below:
Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer confirms what the Governor has said all along — he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened and whatever Mr. Wildstein’s motivations were for closing them to begin with,” the statement read. “As the Governor said in a December 13th press conference, he only first learned lanes were closed when it was reported by the press and as he said in his January 9th press conference, had no indication that this was anything other than a traffic study until he read otherwise the morning of January 8th. The Governor denies Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer’s other assertions.