Barry Pollack was quoted regarding key charges revealed in the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, namely that prosecutors contend the scheme represented a conspiracy to misuse the property of an organization receiving federal funds. Such laws were designed to prevent the theft of funds from government programs, Pollack said, and other charges in the case alleging conspiracy against civil rights and deprivation of civil rights stem from laws that were intended to prevent parties such as the Ku Klux Klan from intimidating African-Americans. "When Congress passed these laws, the last thing Congress had in mind was a sophomoric effort to tie up traffic as a means of political payback. There will likely be legal challenges to whether the charges fit these facts," he said.
Some suggest that while the charges are overreaching, the guilty plea of David Wildstein, the former director of interstate capital projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will bolster the case. "The plea and apparent cooperation of the No. 2 Port Authority official puts tremendous pressure on his former boss and on Governor Christie's former aide, Bridget Kelly," Pollack said. "If anyone can provide evidence of Governor Christie's knowledge of the scheme to tie up traffic on the George Washington Bridge, it is Ms. Kelly. From a legal standpoint, the case is just beginning."