The lawyer for David Wildstein, the Port Authority official who took the order from a staffer of NJ Gov. Chris Christie to cause traffic problems in Fort Lee, is making claims which, if borne out, would do grave, perhaps insurmountable, damage to Christie's political future (and perhaps his political present).
From the lawyer's letter to the Port Authority asking them to reconsider their decision not to pay for Wildstein's legal representation:
It has also come to light that a person within the Christie administration communicated the Christie adminislration's order that certain lanes on the George Washington Oridge were to be closed, and evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference he gave immediately before Mr. Wildstein was scheduled to appear before the Transportation Committee. Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the Governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some.
It is difficult for me to imagine that Christie would offer such a forceful denial of knowledge or involvement if he were not telling the truth, but only the playing out of this ugly process will (or at least might) bring a little more clarity to this messy situation.
Somewhere, Hillary Clinton is cackling...