Bridgegate Prosecutors Establishing Criminal Act Vs. Criminal Intent

FORT LEE, NJ - JANUARY 09:  The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee, NJ, and New York City, is seen on January 9, 2014 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is currently caught in a political scandal, in which one of his aides ordered The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to purposely cause traffic jams at the on-ramps to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ, due to political disagreements between Governor Christie and the mayor of Fort Lee. Christie claims he had no knowledge of issue and has since fired the aide.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

(Newark, NJ) -- Prosecutors in the ongoing Bridgegate trial are reportedly working to establish that several high ranking people including the New Jersey Governor knew about the debilitating and dangerous GWB lane closures in 2013.

One former federal prosecutor points out to the "The Wall Street Journal" that the court must consider "criminal act" verses "criminal intent." He says just because you become aware of a crime doesn't mean it's enough to charge you with it.

The government's key witness former Port Authority Executive David Wildstein has testified that Governor Christie was told about the lane closure scheme while it was happening.  Christie hasn't been charged in the case and has denied any knowledge of the plan.