>> The so-called Bridgegate scandal laid low the presidential hopes of New Jersey's Republican Governor, Chris Christie. Now, for the first time, it threatens to engulf the reputation of another top politician. Democrat Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York. In trial testimony on Tuesday, a star witness for the prosecution telling the court.
Cuomo agreed to back up Christie's false explanation for the 2013 lane closures leading to the George Washington Bridge. Cuomo, allegedly, going along with the line that the closures were the result of a traffic study. Federal prosecutors alleged former Port Authority officials, who are close to New Jersey's governor.
Orchestrated the link closures in an act of political revenge against a mayor who didn't endorse Christie's reelection bid. The government witness, former Christie associate David Wildstein. Saying that as the scandal grew, Cuomo told the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Which operates the bridge, to, quote, stand down when it seemed he might publicly blame Christie for the closures.
Christie has denied any knowledge of a plot to close lanes to the bridge. Cuomo and Christie have denied any conversations about a cover-up occurred. The alleged plot to close the lanes and cover up the cause, now the focus of a federal trial. Two former Christie associates are facing fraud and conspiracy charges.
Wildstein was charged as well, but pleaded guilty. And agreed to cooperate in the government's case. Christie has not been charged with a crime.