Christie Aides Knew Lane Closures At Bridge Endangered Public Safety

Port Authority officials appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew that their closures of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in September were endangering public safety by causing serious delays for emergency responders but still ordered the closures to continue, the Los Angeles Times reports. Emails released Friday indicated that EMS workerss had trouble responding to an incident involving a missing child (later found) and a cardiac arrest. The incident now is under investigation by federal and state authorities for possible criminal charges.

The traffic jams resulting from the closures invoked the ire of Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, who was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The two-state agency includes appointments by both governors. On the morning of the fourth day of closures, Foye said the decision to close access roads in Fort Lee, N.J., “violated federal law and the laws of both states.” Foye said, “I will get to the bottom of this abusive decision which violates everything this agency stands for; I intend to learn how PA [Port Authority] process was wrongfully subverted and the public interest damaged to say nothing of the credibility of this agency,” Foye wrote. “This hasty and ill-advised decision has resulted in delays to emergency vehicles. I pray that no life has been lost or trip of a hospital- or hospice-bound patient delayed.”

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