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RandySF

(62,615 posts)
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 10:41 PM Dec 2013

Chris Christie Officials Messed With Bridge Traffic Despite Being Warned About Congestion Problems

WASHINGTON -- New documents reveal that a high-ranking official in the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knew that Fort Lee, N.J., had issues with traffic congestion around the George Washington Bridge, long before he authorized a seemingly unnecessary study that closed down lanes to the bridge and made traffic even worse.

Fort Lee is an essential access point to New York City, serving as the gateway to the George Washington Bridge, which is the busiest bridge in the United States. In November 2010, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (D) wrote to Bill Baroni, deputy director of the Port Authority of New York and Jersey, and complained of traffic problems in the borough. The letter was obtained by The Record in a public records request.

"On approximately 20 occasions in the last forty days, our Borough has been completely gridlocked," wrote Sokolich to Baroni, who was Christie's top official at the Port Authority. "Traveling from the south to the north end of our Borough takes upwards of one hour. Our safety vehicles are unable to traverse our own thoroughfares to attend to emergencies which place our residents in harms way."

Despite these concerns, on Sept. 9, 2013, Sokolich woke up to find that two of the three local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge had been closed, causing dangerous traffic jams in the borough on the first day of school. Neither he nor Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye -- who was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) -- were given any advance warning.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/26/chris-christie-bridge_n_4504079.html

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Chris Christie Officials Messed With Bridge Traffic Despite Being Warned About Congestion Problems (Original Post) RandySF Dec 2013 OP
I used to work in the office tower that towered above the toll booths on local lanes. hollysmom Dec 2013 #1
There is no way you can do anything around the GW Bridge without causing major problems badtoworse Dec 2013 #2

hollysmom

(5,946 posts)
1. I used to work in the office tower that towered above the toll booths on local lanes.
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 10:45 PM
Dec 2013

Taking the highways added an hour to my commute - taking local lanes added more. This was 14 miles from my house and took over an hour and a 1/2 and that was 10 years ago. I am sure it is not better today. No way was this done in innocence.

 

badtoworse

(5,957 posts)
2. There is no way you can do anything around the GW Bridge without causing major problems
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 11:33 PM
Dec 2013

The choice is either doing it or not doing it. Unfortunately, Fort Lee is right by the bridge and gets impacted.

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