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Game day for Bridgegate trial: How did we get here?

Publisher: The Star Ledger
September 17, 2016

Dan Wenner was quoted in an article, "Game day for Bridgegate trial: How did we get here?" in The Star Ledger. The article examines the basis for the Bridgegate trial, which begins in federal court in Newark. Federal prosecutors say two of Governor Chris Christie's former aides conspired to bring local streets to a virtual stand-still by deliberately blocking several Fort Lee toll lanes for the sole purpose of punishing the mayor of Fort Lee over his refusal to endorse Christie for re-election. The heart of the legal case relies on a statute—18 U.S.C. § 666—intended to punish fraud, bribery, theft and embezzlement from agencies that receive federal funds. "It is a creative use of an already broadly written statute," said Wenner. He went on to say, "Usually when one thinks of the 666 charge, one thinks of a entity getting federal funds and someone embezzling it or misusing the funds. . . . The challenge for the government is going to be to convince the jury the facts fit the charge."

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