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David Wildstein, ex-Christie appointee, refuses to answer questions, accused of contempt

Published On: Jan 09 2014 03:08:10 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 09 2014 06:04:59 PM EST
David Wildstein hearing


David Wildstein (R) testifies before a New Jersey legislative committee.


Lawmakers have accused a former appointee of Gov. Chris Christie of contempt after he refused to answer questions from a legislative committee looking into a scandal involving punitive traffic lane closures.

David Wildstein asserted his right to remain silent on the advice of his lawyer. Wildstein refused to say where he previously worked, and his lawyer said he would assert the right to remain silent to all questions.

Lawmakers said the contempt charge will be referred to law enforcement.


Wildstein resigned last month as Christie's No. 2 appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The legislative panel is investigating why the lanes were suddenly closed in September, causing traffic gridlock in Fort Lee. Emails and text messages revealed Wednesday that Christie's aides may have closed the lanes to exact political retribution.