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Mon Jun 8, 2015, 07:51 AM

64. Some Confirmation From Other Sources....

regarding the fact that Sokolich's endorsement was a valuable commodity to Mr. Christie-along with a window into how loyalists or dissenters were either rewarded or punished.

Was Fort Lee mayor a long-term political target?

David Wildstein, the former Port Authority executive at the heart of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, was planning to leave the agency in 2013 to work on Governor Christie’s presidential campaign, according to a former colleague.

That colleague, Jay Alpert, a Port Authority police captain at the time, said in an interview that Wildstein also indicated in June 2012 that he had a more immediate goal: securing the endorsement of the Fort Lee mayor for Christie’s 2013 reelection as governor.

Alpert’s account, if true, would provide the clearest confirmation yet that the sustained courtship of Fort Lee’s mayor began at least a year and a half before the election, and suggests Wildstein believed he had a future role in Christie’s potential ascent to national office.

Alpert was one of dozens of Christie loyalists whom the administration recommended for jobs at the Port Authority. He was fired two years later, in September 2012, after an internal investigation found he had cited a diploma from a sham online university among his educational credentials.

He claimed in a lawsuit that his firing was retaliation for reporting wrongdoing in the agency police department that was unrelated to the lane closures. The Port Authority denied that it had retaliated against him, saying that its investigation of his résumé was a part of a deep background check it undertook when he was a police captain.

A judge recently dismissed Alpert’s suit, prompting him to speak publicly for the first time about his interactions with Wildstein and others at the Port Authority.

Wildstein, who resigned from the Port Authority at the end of 2013, declined to comment through his attorney.


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