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February 3rd, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Fmr. NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani defends Chris Christie, questions accuser's credibility

(CNN) – In more push back, Gov. Chris Christie’s office on Monday will send to supporters a list of tweets and stories that highlight criticism of The New York Times' coverage of the latest development in the George Washington Bridge scandal that is roiling his administration, a source in the governor's office told CNN.

The newspaper reported Friday that former Port Authority official and Christie associate David Wildstein claimed in a letter that Christie knew of the decision to close lanes to the bridge at the time, which is at odds with the governor's account. The New York Times story was updated several times, and on Monday, the paper said it should have flagged those changes, writing: "Some sort of notice was due to the reader that the initial story had changed in a substantial way."

"(Wildstein) has a real motive to bring the governor into this – so he can get his legal fees paid, and then I guess the next step would be to get immunity. So you have to take this with a grain of salt. The original Times article didn't have any grains of salt in it," former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said in an interview with CNN.

After The New York Times report Friday, Christie's office launched a full-scale assault on Wildstein, even highlighting high school misdeeds.

"Sometimes you can throw a few more things over the transom than you should," said Giuliani, adding it would have been effective to focus on "the questions of "(Wildstein's) credibility. I think they are sufficient to create some real doubt about whether or not he really has this evidence, or exactly what this evidence is."

For more of our interview with Rudy Giuliani, check out the video above.

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