"A former mayor of Livingston who was known for his brashness and ambition, Wildstein morphed into a New Jersey political svengali. He operated in secrecy running an influential website, PolitickerNJ.com, where he chronicled state politics and saucy political gossip under the pen name Wally Edge. Wildstein was outed in June 2010, just after he was named the director of interstate capital projects at the Port Authority. He quickly retreated back into the shadows, rarely attending the agency’s public events or speaking to the press. Critics claimed Wildstein was more interested in carrying out the agenda of his old GOP buddy rather than working to improve the oft-beleaguered bistate agency. " NY Daily News
IMO Christie will be lucky if he survives this crisis in his political life. Having watched prosecuters and legislative committees work on things like this I am pessimistic on the governor's chances. There is a civil class action lawsuit for damages, but worst of all is the performance yesterday of Wildstein before the NJ legislature. He refused to answer many questions while citing his right to do so under the 5th Amendment. In my experiece someoone who does this is often constructing a negotiating position for a "deal" with some future prosecuter.
My guess is that there are many people who can be pressured in one way or another into "dropping a dime" on Christie. Rats do not "hang together" under fire. pl