Bridgegate Trial Wrap: PANYNJ Head Says Wildstein Was “Culprit” behind Lane Closings

Bloomberg reports, “Patrick Foye, the head of the agency that runs the George Washington Bridge, testified that he believed employee David Wildstein was the ‘culprit’ behind four days of access lane closings in 2013 but was protected from questioning by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.” Bloomberg adds that defense attorneys attempted through cross-examination “to portray the bi-state Port Authority as dysfunctional and riven with political infighting between appointees of Christie, a Republican, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.”

Elsewhere, Asbury Park Press reports on Patrick Foye’s chief of staff testifying that he tipped a newspaper reporter to dig behind the false claim that lane closings were part of a traffic study; and The New York Times recounts Foye’s testimony that defendant and former PANYNJ official Bill Baroni wanted bridge lanes reclosed after Foye ordered them reopened.