A former political ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has pleaded guilty for his role in creating traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge in 2013 for political retribution.
Former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein made the admissions in a federal court hearing Friday. He admitted to causing significant traffic problems in Fort Lee in September 2013 in retaliation against the city’s mayor, who did not endorse Christie’s re-election bid, and to using a traffic study as a cover.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark is holding a news conference on the case later Friday.
Revelations about the traffic jams have become a major cloud over the career of Christie, who is considering running for president next year.