Bridgegate Mastermind Dodges Prison

Bridgegate Mastermind Dodges Prison
July 12 16:47 2017 Print This Article

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “fixer” at the Port Authority will avoid prison despite masterminding the notorious Bridgegate scandal.

But the government’s star witness in the case, which convicted a former Christie aide and a former executive of the Port Authority, has been barred from serving in public office ever again.

Newark federal Judge Susan Wigenton ordered David Wildstein to serve three years’ probation, perform 500 hours’ community service, and pay a $10,000 fine and $14,314 in restitution when he was sentenced Wednesday for his role in snarling traffic on the George Washington Bridge as political retribution to a Christie foe, according to sentencing documents released Tuesday.

Wildstein, who said he was hired at the Port Authority to look out for Christie’s interests, faced between 27 and 33 months behind bars under a sentencing range established by the probation department.

Christie has denied any knowledge of the lane closures, but the trial sullied his reputation as Wildstein and others told the jury that they had talked with the governor about the dirty scheme.

The sentencing comes as Christie’s lawyer in the Bridgegate scandal, Christopher Wray, testifies before Congress in his bid to be confirmed as the new head of the FBI, replacing fired bureau Director James Comey.

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