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Lawyer: Evidence contradicts New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on bridge's lane closures

Published On: Jan 31 2014 04:33:25 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2014 05:20:12 PM CST
David Wildstein testifies

AP

David Wildstein speaks during a hearing Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J

TRENTON, N.J. -

A former loyalist of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who oversaw lane closings near the George Washington Bridge said there is evidence that contradicts what Christie said about the shutdown during a two-hour news conference three weeks ago.

In a letter Friday, David Wildstein's lawyer, Alan Zegas, said his client "contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some."

Christie's office released the following statement Friday in response to Zegas' letter:

"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.  As the governor said in a Dec. 13 press conference, he only first learned lanes were closed when it was reported by the press and as he said in his Jan. 9 press conference, had no indication that this was anything other than a traffic study until he read otherwise the morning of Jan. 8. The governor denies Mr. Wildstein's lawyer's other assertions.”

Wildstein was Christie's No. 2 man at the agency that runs the bridge. He has since resigned.