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Christie Appointee Resigns Amid GWB Lane Closure Controversy

Governor Chris Christie announces Deborah Gramiccioni will be the new deputy executive director of the Port Authority at the Statehouse in Trenton on Dec. 13, 2013 / Photo: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
Governor Chris Christie announces Deborah Gramiccioni will be the new deputy executive director of the Port Authority at the Statehouse in Trenton on Dec. 13, 2013 / Photo: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Gov. Chris Christie’s top appointee at the Port Authority resigned Friday amid an ongoing probe into what some have said was a politically-motivated decision to close lanes from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge.


At a Trenton press conference, Christie announced Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni would leave his post immediately. Baroni is the second agency official to step down over the lane closures, which snarled local traffic and were seen by some as a swipe at Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie’s reelection bid.


Christie said Baroni’s resignation was planned, but acknowledged his appointees at the bi-state agency made mistakes and the issue had become a distraction. The governor tapped former federal prosecutor and a top aide, Deborah Gramiccioni, as the Port Authority’s new deputy executive director.


The first Port Authority official to resign, Christie’s high school classmate David Wildstein, ordered the closures and told bridge authorities not to alert Fort Lee officials ahead of the change in September.


Democrats have been holding hearings on the closures and the Port Authority’s Inspector General is reportedly probing any possible criminal violations involving the lane closures.


iMan9796 December 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM
This same disgusting corruption, cover-up & retaliation is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal's Lost & Found Dept. in NYC concerning lost & found property brazenly stolen by Port Authority Supervisors. Google “Donna Lebourne abc news" & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed for the world to see. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9105280 Port Authority Supervisor Donna Lebourne has an outside job, she is the Vice President of her & her husband’s charity Caribbean Sports International that donates cellphones & other electronics. If you lost an item at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and did not get it back, contact her charity, perhaps she may donate your item back to you out of the kindness of her cold evil heart. It's very easy to be charitable when you are giving away other peoples' property. http://www.corporationwiki.com/New-Jersey/Maplewood/caribbean-sports-international/85267222.aspx http://www.gmdu.net/corp-390048.html Also, the Port Authority of NY & NJ has become a threat to national security and has placed everyone's safety & security in jeopardy, by undermining all the counter-terrorism measures that have been put in place by the United States. They have allowed crimes such as the illegal policy of disposing lost valid passports in the garbage that are found in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Now just imagine the damage that a terrorist cell could do with those valid lost passports or an identity theft ring. What happened in Kenya could easily happen here, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, as a result of the Port Authority's intentional breach of national security. This is a willful act of treason against the United States of America. Google "Port Authority - Passports." http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9277998 NYC Police Comminsioner Ray Kelly agrees with my concerns as well. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/kelly-warns-copycat-terrorist-attacks-malls-article-1.1544046 http://nypost.com/2013/09/09/terror-and-the-nypd/ In this age of global terrorism and rampant identity theft, the Port Authority is a reckless shameful disgusting embarrassment of bi-state transportation agency when it comes to safety & security in this area. To ignore this gaffe would be a crime on all levels of local, state & federal government, who have the power to put a stop to this lunacy. Action must be taken against these corrupt incompetent criminals in the Port Authority before another terrorist attack takes place & more innocent lives are lost due to their utter disregard about our safety and security, not to mention their disgraceful feeling of self entitlement to patron's lost property found at the PABT. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.” http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/found_stolen_trashed_by_pa_V4RMICgPyy2bhAVzDkW9EL It’s time to stop the madness!

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