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Christie ally expected to plead guilty in Bridgegate case

David Wildstein, a childhood friend of Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and a former top official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is going to plead guilty on Friday to unspecified charges related to Bridgegate, the politically motivated closure of three lanes onto the George Washington Bridge and subsequent coverup in 2013, The New York Times reports, citing "people familiar with the case." The U.S. Attorney leading the investigation, Paul Fishman, has scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m., after a court hearing.

Fishman is also expected to announce other Bridgegate-related indictments. Wildstein has said that he discussed the bridge closures with Christie while they were ongoing, allegations that helped start Christie's declining national political fortunes.