A former Port Authority official who allegedly ordered the mysterious lane closures at the George Washington Bridge has reportedly been buying internet domain addresses that use the names of public officials.
It’s not clear why David Wildstein made the purchases. He declined their request for comment, and a top political strategist for Gov. Chris Christie said neither he nor the governor were aware of Wildstein’s activities.
Among the addresses that were purchased are ones that use the name of Pat Foye, the authority’s top executive; Barbara Buono, a Democratic state senator who lost to Christie in this year’s gubernatorial race, and her running mate, labor leader Milly Silva.
Those officials were unaware Wildstein reserved their internet identities. Some were stunned to hear about the purchases.
“It’s amusing, but also creepy and strange,” Silva said. “The notion that this person purchased domain names I might seek to use is troubling.”
Wildstein has purchased at least 48 domains and has renewed some of them annually. Domain names typically cost less than $10 a year. None of the domain names are redirected to sinister websites.
Wildstein is a childhood friend of the governor, who had appointed him to the post.