Gov. Cuomo denies talking to Gov. Christie about bridge closure cover-up

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NEWARK, N.J. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is denying he ever spoke to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about issuing a false report to cover up the political reason for the 2013 closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

Cuomo spokesman John Kelly said Tuesday that “no such conversation” between the Democratic governor and his Republican counterpart in New Jersey ever happened.

The claim came from David Wildstein, who pleaded guilty in the case and testified he was told of the conversation by a former top ally of Christie’s at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Kelly says Wildstein’s testimony had no basis in fact.

Wildstein is the prosecutors’ key witness in the case against former Christie aides Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, who isn’t related to John Kelly.