Staffer: I Told Defendant That Mayor Wouldn’t Endorse Christie

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -

A former campaign staffer for New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie who now works for Donald Trump has testified that he told a defendant in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case that a Democratic mayor wouldn’t endorse Christie.

Matt Mowers testified Friday that he told Christie’s then-deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, about Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich in August 2013.

A day later, Kelly sent an email saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

Kelly and former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni are charged with causing traffic jams in September 2013 to punish Sokolich.

Kelly has claimed her emails were sarcastic. She and Baroni claim former Port Authority official David Wildstein orchestrated the scheme.

Wildstein was expected to testify Friday.