Testimony On Bridgegate Trial’s Third Day: Lies And Political Maneuvers

The third day of testimony in the federal Bridgegate trial suggested that a number of people were playing politics during and after the access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were closed, causing havoc in Fort Lee. Two witnesses acknowledged giving misleading information after the fact, with Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich telling a jury in Newark he was “petrified” that retaliation from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might hurt his town.

Pat Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who ordered the lanes reopened after days of massive traffic jams, said that after he sent the e-mail Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni tried to get him to change his mind, telling him “it’s important to Trenton.” Baroni, who resigned from the agency after the scandal became public, is on trial with Bridget Kelly, a former top aide to Christie.

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