Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich did not endorse Governor Chris Christie’s reelection. Many think that decision led Christie staffers and Port Authority appointees to shut down his town’s access to the George Washington Bridge. The controversy over the GWB lane closures has enthralled the national and local media for the last month and put the governor’s presidential prospects in jeopardy.
Christie said he knew nothing about the lane closures until he heard about them in the media. David Wildstien, the former Port Authority official who order the lane closure says that “evidence exists” that Christie knew about the lane closures “while they were happening.”
The Democratic mayor believes Christie and not Wildstein, according to a report at Bloomberg.com.
“I’m the guy giving the governor the benefit of the doubt, and I take him at his word,” Sokolich said today in an interview. “I’ve said it 100 times, I’m not rooting for the highest elected official in the state of New Jersey to be involved in this. I’m not. But I don’t know, it seems like all sorts of things are happening.”
“I’m not a Wildstein fan, I’ve made no secret of that,” Sokolich said. “Anything that emanates from his camp has to be taken with a grain of salt.”