GWB Scandal Hits Too Close to Home for Fort Lee Community

Residents and business owners still frustrated and angry over September gridlock, but not sure who to blame.

The George Washington Bridge lane closures fallout that has fueled nationwide punchlines and political gossip over the past week was no laughing matter for the 35,000 residents living in the small borough at the center of the controversy who experienced the three days of September gridlock.

Fort Lee residents are still angry and frustrated, but not sure who's to blame, according to NJ.com. Some believe Gov. Chris Christie was aware of the alleged political retaliation aimed at Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, the article said. Others feel those around the governor may have acted on their own, the article said.

State officials released on Friday thousands of pages of documents subpoenaed from the Port Authority in the wake of a continuing investigation into whether staffers and appointees of Christie orchestrated the September traffic nightmare.

The emails expose infighting between New York and New Jersey agency leadership, and a months-long attempt to stonewall media inquiries into the lane closures.

What the communications do not contain is a "smoking gun" that shows anyone directly ordering the lanes be closed as political dirty play.

Christie on Thursday fired Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly and apologized for the chaos the lane closures caused.

Christie then visited Fort Lee later in the day and had a closed-door meeting with Sokolich, who said he took the governor "for his word" and accepted the apology.
iMan9796 January 13, 2014 at 01:40 AM
This same type of Bridgegatesque corruption, cover-up & retaliation is standard operating procedure at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC by Port Authority Supervisors. Gov. Christie promised to disclose any evidence “that come forward that requires action to be taken.” He added, “I will take it, no matter how much it hurts me personally or dismays me, because this is the job I asked for, and I’ve got to do it.” I wonder if that applies to the well documented rampant theft of Lost & Found property at the Port Authority Bus Terminal by Port Authority Supervisors, and the illegal written policy of throwing lost valid passorts in the garbage instead of mailing them to their respective embassies if their owners could not be located and reunited with their lost passports. Now just imagine the damage that a terrorist cell or an identity theft ring could do with those passports. Google “Donna Lebourne abc news" & see the vile face of shame being confronted and exposed for the world to see. If the Gov. is a man of his word, he can start by axing all the supervisors at the Port Authority Bus Terminal involved in this criminal activity, the supervisors that turned a blind eye to it, and all the supervisors who participated in the coverup and retaliation as well. Every single one of them must be fired & prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Finally, a traffic study on 9/11...really, what’s next, the Port Authority giving all TSA airport screeners the day off on 9/11/14 to see if that speeds up the screening process? http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9105280 http://www.my9nj.com/story/24313600/inside-the-port-authority http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9277998 http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/found_stolen_trashed_by_pa_V4RMICgPyy2bhAVzDkW9EL
iMan9796 January 13, 2014 at 04:13 PM
A traffic study on 9/11...really, what’s next, the Port Authority giving all TSA airport screeners the day off on 9/11/14 to see if that speeds up the screening process study?
M.T. January 13, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Call the shyster offices of Rose Marie Arnold and join the lawsuit filed by that ridiculous bunch of people who apparently had uncontrollable "anxiety" when stuck in traffic. I saw her on CNN with her sidekick...errr... "client" actually trying to say how she now gets fearful crossing the GWB. It was the most crystalline example of why people hate lawyers and our legal system nowadays. You can sue for being stuck in traffic. It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic.
BJ January 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM
The best was when someone compared her to Gloria Allred and Ms. Arnold replied, her office was a real law firm. I nearly choked to death laughing. If she had even one brain cell she would know Gloria Allread happens to be a highly, highly accomplished civil rights attorney. I'd no idea just how truly esteemed she was until I heard an interview with her daughter on NPR radio.


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