We anticipated this: A huge disclosure from David Wildstein, formerly of the Port Authority, via his lawyer Alan Zegas, as a sign of good faith in his attempt to gain immunity. It would have to, in some way, directly implicate Chris Christie in Bridgegate. It was put in the form of a letter to the Port Authority. It contended evidence exists to support the statements."
And that happened today. The Wall Street Journal reports:
"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew of lane closures at the George Washington Bridge while they were taking place ... said an attorney [Alan Zegas] for a former official [David Wildstein] who personally oversaw the lane closures."
Here is the article in WSJ (sub. req.) Immediately, this got plenty of attention. Within an hour after the article by Heather Haddon and Ted Mann was posted, there have been 182 comments. A half hour later, there are 247 comments.
But the allegation will be treated carefully by the powers that be. After all, immunity can be a good deal (Dr. Sidney Gilman received it in "U.S. v. Martoma"). Those chasing it could be telling the authorities what they assume the authorities want to hear.
The coverage indicates that, as yet, the Christie Administration has not responded.
No one can jump to conclusions. But if the allegation is accurate, then citizens must be scratching their heads, as with Watergate. They must be wondering all sorts of things, including:
- Why did an Administration which was sitting so pretty indulge in this sort of risk
- What kind of arrogance deluded them that they could get away with the activities
- Were there no voices of reason warning, as with a Greek Chorus, the danger in this
- How will those punished pick up the pieces of their lives and careers when punishment is delivered?