TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie's critics are seizing on claims from a former loyalist that the Republican governor knew about massive traffic tie-ups near the George Washington Bridge last year as they were happening.
The Democratic National Committee says the allegations mean that Christie could be forced to talk about things other than Sunday's Super Bowl being held in his state.
A former Christie loyalist who oversaw lane closings near the George Washington Bridge says there is evidence that contradicts at least one public statement the governor made about the closures.
In a letter Friday, David Wildstein's lawyer says evidence exists that suggests the governor knew about the closures as they happened in September.
The letter focuses on a January news conference where Christie's statements could be open to interpretation. But the month before, the governor had said he didn't know about the traffic problems until "well after the whole thing was over."
Wildstein was Christie's No. 2 man at the agency that runs the bridge. He has since resigned.
Christie's office denied the claims in a statement.