A former top ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie learned his fate on Wednesday after he plead guilty to charges stemming from the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme.
NBC News reported that David Wildstein, who thought up Bridgegate to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse Christie’s 2013 re-election, managed to dodge prison time after he gave testimony that helped convict two former aides to the Republican governor. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton sentenced him to three years of probation and 500 hours of community service today while also giving him a ban on working in government.
Wildstein had originally been facing 21 to 27 months in prison under his plea agreement, but federal prosecutors asked for him to be spared prison after he helped them convict former Christie staffer Bridget Kelly and Wildstein’s former supervisor, former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni.
“All three of us put our faith in a man who neither earned it nor deserved it,” Wildstein said in court during sentencing of the three charged and Christie. “I willingly drank the Kool-Aid of a man I’d known since I was 15 years old.”
This appears to have put Bridgegate to an end after it ruined Christie’s presidential dreams and brought his approval ratings down from around 70 to around 15 percent. Kelly and Baroni were each sentenced to 18 and 24 months in prison, respectively.
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