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Fort Lee Mayor Meets With Prosecutors About ‘Bridgegate’

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Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (Credit: CBS 2)

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FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich has met with federal prosecutors about the deliberate, gridlock-causing lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September.

Tim Donohue, an attorney for Sokolich, confirmed the meeting in a statement issued Monday.

Donohue said Sokolich voluntarily met with members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark on Friday to discuss the lane closures last September. But Donohue said neither he nor Sokolich would provide further comment on the meeting due to the ongoing criminal investigation.

Emails and text messages subpoenaed by a New Jersey legislative committee have revealed that an aide to Christie emailed a high-level Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official and told him, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

Documents show Bridget Kelly, a since-fired aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave the go-ahead to shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, creating four days of traffic gridlock, possibly as a political vendetta against Sokolich for not endorsing Christie for re-election.

In an e-mail she told former high-level Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” documents showed.

Christie has denied knowledge of the planning or execution of the lane closings.

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