New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced he had fired a...

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced he had fired a top aide at the center of a brewing scandal that public officials orchestrated a massive traffic snarl on the busy George Washington Bridge to settle a political score. Credit: Getty

The former New Jersey official at the center of a political retribution scandal dogging Governor Chris Christie said on Friday the governor knew about a traffic jam orchestrated by his top aides, the New York Times reported.

Christie, a leading Republican candidate for the White House in 2016, has repeatedly denied any knowledge of a plan to snarl traffic near the busy George Washington Bridge and severed ties with several top aides over their role in the incident.

David Wildstein, who resigned his post at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey late last year, said he had evidence that proves Christie had knowledge of the lane closures "during the period when the lanes were closed," according to a letter sent to the authority's lawyer and released to the newspaper.

The closures last September caused four days of severe traffic jams for residents of Fort Lee, New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's office fired back on Saturday.

"Bottom line - David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein," said the email from Christie's office to friends and supporters, which was posted on the political news website Politico.com and confirmed by Colin Reed, a spokesman for the governor.

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