Bridgegate Trial: Fort Lee Mayor Testifies about Giants Tickets, Lunch at the Governor’s Mansion and Then . . . Gridlock provides a wrap on day two of the Bridgegate trial, leading with the testimony of Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who was being wooed by Governor Christie’s camp with, among other things, tickets to a New York Giants game. “And despite assertions by Gov. Chris Christie in the aftermath of the Bridgegate scandal that the mayor ‘was not on my radar screen,’ and that he had never heard Sokolich’s name ‘until all this stuff happened,’ [Sokolich testified] there had been a private lunch with the governor at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Princeton.”

According to the newspaper, Sokolich also testified he left voice mail messages (unanswered) requesting that PANYNJ officials call him as the bridge lane closures started to snarl traffic. In one message played for the trial jury, the mayor said, “I can’t get the kids to school. We’re in total gridlock. . . . I’m just trying to figure out who’s mad at me.”