NEWARK, N.J. — The Latest on the third day of testimony in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

A former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who pleaded guilty in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case is set to testify for the government.

Attorneys say David Wildstein is one of the next three witnesses listed in the trial of two former allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Wildstein could testify as early as Friday.

Wildstein pleaded guilty last year to orchestrating traffic jams in 2013 to punish a mayor who didn’t endorse Christie. Christie wasn’t charged.

Wildstein and Christie attended high school together. Wildstein was hired by the Port Authority to a position created for him.

Defense attorneys have characterized Wildstein as Christie’s hatchet man at the agency. The agency’s head testified Thursday that Wildstein was “protected” by Christie when he worked there.


12:10 p.m.

Jurors in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case have heard testimony that a former official who pleaded guilty was “protected” by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director Patrick Foye testified Thursday that was part of the reason he didn’t interview David Wildstein during an internal review of the September 2013 traffic jams in Fort Lee.

Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni are charged with closing lanes to the bridge to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie.

Foye said Wildstein was hated at the agency but was being “protected” by Christie. Wildstein attended high school with Christie.


This story has been corrected to show that Foye testified that Wildstein being “protected” by Christie was the reason he didn’t question Wildstein, not the reason Wildstein wasn’t fired.


10:15 a.m.

A former campaign staffer for New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie who now works for Donald Trump is among upcoming witnesses at the federal trial of two former Christie allies charged with causing traffic jams in a political revenge plot against a Democratic mayor.

Matt Mowers (MOW’-ers) could testify for the prosecution Thursday.

Mowers worked on Christie’s 2013 gubernatorial campaign and later for his unsuccessful presidential campaign.

Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni are charged with closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie.

Mayor Mark Sokolich (SAHK’-oh-lich) has testified Mowers sought his endorsement for several months before the election.