Attorney For Former Christie Aide Calls Witness Against Her 'Bernie Madoff' Of NJ Politics

Mel Evans

The attorney for one of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's former staffers calls the star witness against her in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case "the Bernie Madoff of New Jersey politics."

Michael Critchley used the term in closing arguments Monday to describe David Wildstein, a former bridge authority official who pleaded guilty. He testified that Bridget Kelly and another defendant schemed to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie.

Critchley says Wildstein concocted the scheme to impress Christie.

Jurors could begin deliberating Monday.

Kelly wrote the infamous "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email a month before the September 2013 lane closures.

She testified she deleted that email and others because she was scared others in Christie's administration who knew of the lane closures weren't being forthcoming.

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