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Reports: Ex-Christie aide David Wildstein talking to federal prosecutor

David Wildstein is sworn in to testify before the legislative committee investigating Bridgegate, January 2014.
David Wildstein is sworn in to testify before the legislative committee investigating Bridgegate, January 2014.
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The former Chris Christie aide at the center of Bridgegate has recently been talking to the federal prosecutors investigating the scandal, according to two new reports. Esquire's Scott Rabb reports that former Port Authority aide David Wildstein is "cooperating" with US Attorney Paul Fishman, and Main Justice's Lisa Brennan reports that Wildstein spent several days at Fishman's office last week.

Last September, Wildstein carried out the closures of lanes leading from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge, causing severe traffic in the town for several days. Documents show that he did so at the request of Christie's then-deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, but their motivations remain unclear. The Christie Administration's internal review, released last week, put the blame for the lane closures entirely on Wildstein and Kelly.

But if Wildstein has been granted immunity in exchange for testimony, it's possible that he could implicate others. "Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the Governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some," Wildstein's lawyer wrote in a letter last January. The US Attorney's office isn't commenting, but it's clear that their investigation is proceeding.