Fort Lee Mayor Says Christie Team Wooed Him for Backing

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The mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., says he was heavily courted to endorse Gov. Chris Christie during his re-election campaign – and that his failure to do so resulted in the traffic jams which snarled his town.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich told the Bergen Record Thursday that Christie’s administration offered gifts to his city, like pothole repair and shuttle buses, over a two-year period in the hopes of gaining his support.

Sokolich said he and two of his cousins were also treated to a personal tour of the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan by Christie associate David Wildstein, the Port Authority official who ultimately ordered the lane closures last year.

The Fort Lee Democrat told the paper that he came to realize that he was expected to return favors to Christie, and he attributed the traffic woes caused by the lane closures to his failure to endorse the governor in 2012.

A Christie spokesman said that Sokolich’s comments represent “a direct and absolute contradiction of his public comments up to this point.”

Read the full story from the Bergen Record here.