Key bridge witness: I was 'bad cop,' pushed Christie agenda

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The Latest on the fifth day of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial (all times local): 2:40 p.m.

A courtroom witness has testified Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office used the bistate agency that runs the NY area's bridges, tunnels, ports and airports to funnel political favors aimed at gaining endorsements from local Democratic politicians.

Wildstein, 55, claimed he told Bill Baroni, who was Christie's main man at the Port Authority and who is now on trial, that he had to focus on the "one constituent rule". He pleaded guilty previous year to orchestrating traffic jams in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie.

Baroni and a former top Christie aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, are charged with misusing Port Authority resources, wire fraud, civil rights violations, and related conspiracy counts.

"He (Wildstein) will also tell you that Kelly instructed him to take that action and Baroni blessed it", he said.

Prosecutors said Monday that Wildstein will testify that he bragged to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about the massive traffic jams on the third day of the four-day incident. They claim Wildstein orchestrated the scheme.

Christie has denied that the two had a close relationship, but Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye testified that Wildstein was "protected" by Christie at the Port Authority.

Wildstein pleaded guilty past year to orchestrating traffic jams in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie.

Wildstein and Christie attended high school together.

During opening arguments on Monday, assistant USA attorney Vikas Khanna told the jury that Wildstein will testify he and Baroni told Christie about the plot at the very moment traffic was at a standstill in Fort Lee during a September 11 commemoration Manhattan. Christie's office has pointed to a statement he gave in 2014, denying he knew about the plot while it was ongoing.

Wildstein said the "goodie bag" scheme allowed Christie's office to take credit for items given by the Port Authority, a bi-state agency run jointly with NY. He said that often items such as Port Authority grants, steel from Ground Zero, tours of the World Trade Center site or flags that flew over the World Trade Center site would be given to towns.

During testimony earlier Friday, former Christie campaign staffer Matt Mowers said Christie wrote a letter to the Port Authority supporting the purchase of commuter shuttle buses Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich had requested.

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

Traffic moves over the Hudson River and across the George Washington Bridge between New York City, and Fort Lee, New Jersey, on December 17, 2013.

Mowers, who worked under Kelly in a department tasked with securing endorsements from Democratic mayors, said that on the first day of the closures Kelly sent him an email asking how Sokolich was doing, CBS2's Christine Sloan reports.