Christie Port Authority appointee resigns

The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.

David Wildstein, the agency’s director of Interstate Capital Projects, submitted his resignation letter Friday, according to The Record.

“My plan was to leave the agency at some point next year, but the Fort Lee issue has been a distraction, and I think it’s better to move on earlier,” he wrote in a letter to the agency’s Deputy Executive Director, Bill Baroni, according to the newspaper.

“I am grateful to you and Governor Christie for the opportunity to serve,” he wrote.

Wildstein was the former editor of PolitickerNJ before departing in 2010.

The departure from the Port Authority comes at a time of tension between N.J. Democrats and Port Authority officials.

Executive Director Patrick Foye is slated to testify Monday before Assembly lawmakers about the September lane closures in Fort Lee at the George Washington Bridge that led to much criticism.

At a hearing two weeks ago, Baroni had sought to avoid being pinned down on exactly who at the Authority made the call to close lanes.

Christie Port Authority appointee resigns