The New York Times is reporting that David Wildstein, a longtime friend and political ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, will plead guilty later today to an as of yet unspecified charge for his role in the Bridgegate scandal.

From the New York Times:

A former Port Authority official and ally of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is expected to plead guilty on Friday to the first charges stemming from the 16-month federal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal.

The United States attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, announced early on Friday that he would hold a proceeding related to the closings at 11 a.m. in front of Judge Susan D. Wigenton to discuss the investigation. He said he would hold a news conference at 1 p.m., breaking his long silence over the inquiry.

David Wildstein, a high school classmate of Mr. Christie’s who ordered the closing of several access lanes to the bridge in September 2013, was expected to plead guilty in United States District Court in Newark, according to people familiar with the case. The United States attorney’s office declined to comment on those or other details beyond the news conference.

Mr. Fishman is expected to announce other indictments in the case, but it was not clear who would be among those indictments.

Well this should make the people at MSNBC happy:

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We’ll update as more information becomes available.

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