Ally of Gov. Christie pleads guilty for his role in bridge traffic jams

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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