This Thursday starts the spectacle of the Bridgegate trial of Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly with jury selection, and then the prosecutors will start in on their case a week or so later. And, according to the New York Times, the prosecution will say that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knew about the lane closures.
Mr. Christie has not been charged. But he will loom large in the story laid out by both sides in the courtroom.
The governor is expected to be on a list of people who federal prosecutors say knew about the scheme to create gridlock in order to punish a mayor who had declined to endorse him.
Now, when I saw this I wondered when Christie would be accused of knowing his government staff was punishing Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich on behalf of the campaign. He obviously knew in January when the spit hit the fan, but he denied any knowledge prior to that.
Prosecutors, relying on Port Authority executive (and former political blogger) David Wildstein, appear to be ready to say Christie knew while the lanes were closed.
Mr. Wildstein also said early on that “evidence exists” that Mr. Christie knew about the lane closings as they were happening. Court filings suggest that at least part of that evidence may be photographs of Mr. Christie laughing with Mr. Baroni and Mr. Wildstein at a Sept. 11 memorial service that week, during which, Mr. Wildstein has said, the lane closings were discussed.
That Wildstein says this is the case is not new, but that prosecutors are treating it as the truth and are willing to assert it in open court is. One has to wonder if their evidence is strong enough to harm Christie and make him a Trump liability.