NEWARK, N.J.—After nearly eight days of testimony as the star witness for the prosecution in the Bridgegate trial, former Port Authority employee David Wildstein left the stand for the final time on Wednesday.
During his testimony regarding the September 2013 lane changes to the George Washington Bridge—which Wildstein claims was political revenge on Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolick for not endorsing Governor Chris Christie for reelection—the witness implicated many more than just defendants Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly in the scheme.
At the time of the closures, Baroni was the deputy executive director for the Port Authority and Kelly was the deputy chief of staff for Christie. However, according to Wildstein, those involved in the scheme or cover up include the likes of Christie, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Bill Stepien, Kevin O’Dowd, Mike Drewniak, Pat Schuber, and Port Authority PBA President Paul Nunziato.
After implicating Cuomo on the stand on Tuesday, Wildstein said on Wednesday that he heard third-hand about the conversation he claimed Governor Cuomo had with Governor Christie about agreeing to a phony lane closure story. He said he could not verify for a fact that the conversation between the two governors occurred.
Following Wildstein’s Tuesday testimony, Cuomo’s office released the following statement: “The only role New York played in this episode was a positive one: it was our executive director [Pat Foye] who blew the whistle and ordered the bridge reopened. To be clear, no such conversation between the governors happened, in fact no report of any kind was ever done, and whatever the admitted Bridgegate architect thought or dreamt about New York’s involvement has no basis in fact. Anyone can say anything, especially a convicted felon spinning a tale, but it’s just false and delusional.”
The prosecution will now move on to other witnesses.