Former Christie Associates Talking to Bridgegate Grand Jury

The stakes get higher for the governor and his team. reports on the latest goings-on in the grand jury investigating Bridgegate:

David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official at the center of the George Washington Bridge lane-closings scandal, spent several days meeting with federal prosecutors in Newark last week, according to a report posted online by a Washington-based publication that says it covers “insider news” about the U.S. Department of Justice.

The publication, called “Main Justice,” is also reporting that Charlie McKenna, former chief legal counsel to Gov. Chris Christie, met secretly in mid-January with investigators in the office of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

The empaneling of a grand jury on the matter has raised the stakes, says: “Legal experts say the stakes for truth-telling have been raised: As witnesses or targets testify under oath before federal prosecutors, they will be acutely aware a single lie could result in a charge of perjury.”