David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official who has pleaded guilty in the Bridgegate scandal, accused Governor Chris Christie of revealing secret Grand Jury testimony during a 2010 meeting about Port Authority Police leadership, a violation of federal law, according to a report in The New York Times.
In answering Interrogatories in a civil case unrelated to the George Washington Bridge closure, Wildstein swore that in June of 2010 Christie directed Port Authority to fire Arthur Cifelli, the agency’s Police Deputy Superintendent and to hire Jerry Speziale, then the Passaic County Sheriff to fill the post.
Wildstein alleged that Christie told those in the meeting that Cifelli had perjured himself in Grand Jury proceedings related to former Senate President John Lynch while Christie was U. S. Attorney.
Christie wanted Speziale, a Democrat, hired for the job to take him out of contention for another term as Passaic County Sheriff and to deny Speziale’s considerable campaign war chest to other Democrats in Passaic.
Speziale is the Plantiff in the law suit against Port Authority, Wildstein and others in which the allegation against Christie was made. Speziale is now the Police Commissioner of Paterson.
Christie’s spokesman in the Governor’s Office, Kevin Roberts, denied Wildstein’s allegation, according to The New York Times.