NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is denying an allegation that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discussed using a false report to defuse questions surrounding the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal.
Cuomo, a Democrat, told reporters Wednesday the claim from a key witness in the trial of two former Christie aides amounts to inaccurate “gossip” and hearsay.
David Wildstein, who pleaded guilty in the bridge scheme and is cooperating with authorities, testified Tuesday that former Port Authority Chairman David Samson told him the two governors discussed issuing a report when reporters began scrutinizing the lane closures.
That report was never published.
Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly are charged with orchestrating the September 2013 lane closures to punish a New Jersey mayor who didn’t endorse Christie’s re-election bid. They have pleaded not guilty.