(CNN) - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey job created for Gov. Chris Christie’s former ally David Wildstein no longer exists.
Agency spokesman Steve Coleman told CNN on Wednesday that the position of director of Interstate Capital Projects had been eliminated.
Wildstein is a key figure at the center of allegations that access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were closed for several days in September as an act of political retribution targeting the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie’s re-election bid.
Wildstein catapulted into the national spotlight with his response to the infamous e-mail from a Christie aide: "Time for some traffic problems in Ft. Lee," Bridget Anne Kelly wrote. Wildstein responded, "Got it."
When subpoenaed to testify last month about the lane closures before a legislative committee, Wildstein repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Port Authority records show that the position did not exist prior to Wildstein’s arrival at the agency in 2010. There was no job description for the upper-tier post that paid Wildstein an annual salary of $150,000.
Yet the title gave him access to all corners of the agency’s operations and he had the reputation of being Christie’s eyes and ears at the Port Authority, according to numerous current and former employees.
CNN reported exclusively several weeks ago that Wildstein was introduced to people at the highest levels of the Port Authority as a good friend of Christie.
A former employee with extensive knowledge of the agency's hiring practices told CNN that Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni – also a Christie appointee – said an executive position had to be found for Wildstein and this was coming directly from the governor’s office.
Wildstein resigned from his position on December 6. Baroni stepped down a few days later.
People who regularly dealt with the high school classmate of Chris Christie did not hesitate to criticize Wildstein’s brash management style.
More than a dozen former and current employees at the Port Authority who didn’t want their names being used said that he would often yell at people in front of co-workers. Several said Wildstein had, on occasion, threatened to fire employees who repeatedly contradicted him or pushed back on his initiatives.
Those current and former employees said people were careful about what they said when Wildstein was in the room, always assuming it would get back to Christie.
Christie spokesman Colin Reed said the idea that Wildstein was the governor's eyes and ears is "inaccurate" and "has been mischaracterized by the media."
"As the governor made clear… David Wildstein is not a childhood friend and his interactions with him over the last four years have been limited," Reed said.