Christie Appointee Pleads The Fifth Before State Committee In Bridge Fiasco
Chris Christie at the center of an apparent plan to engineer a monster traffic jam as an act of political payback declined to answer questions Thursday before state lawmakers. The appointee, David Wildstein, invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. “On the advice of counsel, I assert my right to remain silent,” he said repeatedly at the hearing, convened by the transportation committee of the state Assembly. Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democrat who heads the committee, said he would proceed with questioning anyway. The committee is investigating why lanes that funnel traffic from Fort Lee, N.J., to the George Washington Bridge were closed in September.
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