On August 13, deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly sent an email to Wildstein stating simply, "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” to which the defendant replied, “got it.”
Monday’s statement marked the first time that Christie has been formally accused of having knowledge of the plot as it was happening, despite lawyers for the defense having previously asserted that it was so.
Prosecutors allege that the two co-conspirators bragged to Christie about the mess they made, and that Christie knew that phone calls from Sokolich about the public safety emergency had been ignored.
Three days before the closure, Wildstein had instructed George Washington Bridge manager Robert Durando to not warn anyone about the impending closure, including police.
At the time, Baroni was the highest-ranking official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and he is accused of ignoring the mayor’s pleas to reopen the lanes and reschedule the maintenance work for a low-traffic time of day.