The New Jersey Democrat leading an investigation into the Bridgegate scandal plaguing Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that he doesn't know of any evidence tying Christie directly to the major lane closures in Fort Lee, N.J.
State Assemblyman John Wisniewski, speaking Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," said that "we don't have any proof right now that the governor said go and close the lanes."
David Wildstein, a former official with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who oversaw the lane closures and has since resigned from his position, claimed through a letter released by his lawyer Thursday that "evidence exists" that Christie knew about the lane closings at the time they occurred. Wildstein is fighting to have the Port Authority cover his own legal expenses related to the case.
Christie has denied ordering or having any direct knowledge of the closings, which appear to have been political payback against Fort Lee's mayor.
Wisniewski said Sunday that if Wildstein has evidence, "we don't really know what that evidence is."
"He submitted over 900 pages of documents in response to the committee's subpoena," Wisniewski said. "Apparently what he's talking about must be something other than what he submitted."
The assemblyman added that Wildstein's claim "really raises questions about" his credibility, describing the phrase "evidence exists" as "a curious choice of words. Maybe he knows somebody else that has information."
The investigation is ongoing, said Wisniewski, and more information could come to light as a result of the subpoenas issued, but he emphasized that "nothing yet implicates the governor directly."
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