New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo knew more about the Bridge-gate scandal in New Jersey than he let on, according to a report in WNYC News
The September 2013 scandal involved lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, and engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The lane closures appeared to be political retribution against Fort Lee, New Jersey's Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich or members of the Democratic party.
Cuomo discussed the scandal three months into it, saying, "I don't know anything more than basically what has been in the newspaper, because it was basically a New Jersey issue."
A Freedom of Information request by WNYC led to email and phone records that show Cuomo and his aides responding instantly to the lane closures.
The records show close communication between staffers of both Cuomo and Christie on how to handle the case. The New York governor may have discussed the scandal with Christie at the time, according to the records.
Both governors maintained a serious interest in the lane closures, compared to their public statements in which they said they weren't interested, the records show.
Gaps in the record on the New Jersey side of the case include deleted text messages from Christie to an aide about the investigation, WNYC reported.
According to columnist Tom Moran at NJ.com
, questions remain about a cell phone that Christie used in exchanging texts with senior aide Regina Egea during a legislative hearing. Christie ignored a question about the phone at a press conference.
Moran urged U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman to find what he called a "smoking gun,"
"He's got to get that phone," said Moran.
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