Mayor at Center of GWB Scandal Says He Lied About Gridlock to Save Building Project | NBC New York

Mayor at Center of GWB Scandal Says He Lied About Gridlock to Save Building Project

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich testified Tuesday that he begged Christie's staff for help

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    A Democratic New Jersey mayor who prosecutors say was punished with traffic gridlock by former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie says he initially denied it was political payback because he was afraid the governor's administration would torpedo a building project in his city. Brian Thompson reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016)

    What to Know

    • A prosecutor told jurors Monday that a witness will testify that Christie knew about the plan

    • Christie has denied knowing about the plan for years

    • His staffers, Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, are charged with causing the traffic jams

    A Democratic New Jersey mayor who prosecutors say was punished with traffic gridlock by former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie says he initially denied it was political payback because he was afraid the governor's administration would torpedo a building project in his city. 

    Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich testified Wednesday at the trial of Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly. They're charged with causing traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. 

    On cross-examination Wednesday, Sokolich admitted he lied in a letter to a newspaper in November 2013 when he denied earlier reports he'd been targeted for not endorsing Christie. 

    He testified he was concerned about a multibillion-dollar project near the bridge. 

    Mayor at Heart of George Washington Bridge Scandal Recalls Begging Christie Staffers for Help

    [NY] Mayor at Heart of George Washington Bridge Scandal Recalls Begging Christie Staffers for Help
    The Democratic mayor who prosecutors say was targeted by two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie for a political vendetta told jurors Tuesday how he was courted by Christie staffers for more than three years before ultimately declining to endorse Christie's re-election. Brian Thompson reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016)

    Kelly was Christie's deputy chief of staff. Baroni was an executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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