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Key US government witness to testify for 3rd day in George Washington bridge trial

Three years after gridlock paralyzed a New Jersey town next to the George Washington Bridge for days, two former allies of Christie, Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, are being tried, in Newark, NJ

By: AP | Newark |
September 27, 2016 4:30:25 pm
Chris Christie, George Washington Bridge case, Christie gridlock, gridlock new jersey, US bridge case, New jersey 2013, latest news, US, united states, america news, latest world news David Wildstein leaves Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse after a hearing, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Wildstein, pleaded guilty last year to orchestrating traffic jams in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A jury is scheduled to hear for a third day from a key government witness in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial.

David Wildstein testified Monday about receiving an email from Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff in 2013 that said it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Wildstein said that set in motion a plan to punish the town’s Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie. Wildstein pleaded guilty in 2015 and cooperated with the government.

He might testify Tuesday about a Sept. 11 memorial event in which he and defendant Bill Baroni bragged in Christie’s presence about the ongoing traffic problems they’d created. Christie hasn’t been charged and says he wasn’t aware of the traffic issue until weeks after they happened.

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