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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

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. 

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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