Official Who Resigned In Bridge Scandal Owns Web Domains Of Christie Foes

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David Wildstein, the childhood friend of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) who recently resigned a government position in the midst of scandal, reportedly purchased multiple web domains earlier this year that bore the names of Christie’s foes.

Wildstein left a position with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey earlier this month amid a growing scandal over lane closures he ordered in September on the George Washington Bridge. The closures led to days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J., and critics have alleged that the closure was ordered in retaliation for the mayor of Fort Lee declining to endorse Christie’s reelection.

A report Saturday by the Bergen Record newspaper said Wildstein purchased the domains buonosilva.org, and millysilva.com in July. Those sites could have been used by Christie’s Democratic rival in the gubernatorial election, Barbara Buono, and her running mate, Milly Silva.

Wildstein also reportedly purchased patfoye.com, which bears the name of Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye, who criticized the lane closures in September. 

Mike DuHaime, a close aide to Christie, told the newspaper the governor had no knowledge of Wildstein’s web activity. Christie has also denied having any involvement in the traffic jam.

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