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Fort Lee Mayor: Christie Should Stay in Trenton Until Investigation Is Complete

Mark Sokolich said he believed 'there are still some untold chapters' in the story of lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, second from right, addresses a news conference at Fort Lee, N.J., City Hall, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Sokolich called it "appalling" that the traffic jams appear to have been deliberately created. AP Photo/Richard Drew
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, second from right, addresses a news conference at Fort Lee, N.J., City Hall, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Sokolich called it "appalling" that the traffic jams appear to have been deliberately created. AP Photo/Richard Drew
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said Thursday that he'd prefer if Gov. Chris Christie did not visit the borough to apologize for George Washington Bridge lane closures until a full investigation of the incident is completed.

UPDATE: Sokolich accepted Christie's apology when the governor arrived in Fort Lee Thursday afternoon. Read more here.

Christie publicly apologized earlier in the day for lane closures in Fort Lee and said he would come to Bergen County to apologize to the mayor and residents in person.

"We're grateful to the governor for the offer, he certainly wouldn't be shunned, but...we would ask that this visit come once this investigation is either over or all of the material facts have surfaced," Sokolich said at his own press conference Thursday afternoon.

"It appears there are still some untold chapters here," Sokolich said.

Sokolich told reporters that state police had called to make arrangements for a helicopter to land at Fort Lee High School.

He suggested Christie would be better off "saving the gas" and not flying there Thursday.

Sokolich wouldn't say how much he believed the lane closures had affected emergency response times, but reports have surfaced that they were significantly slowed by traffic delays.

"We endure combat here every single day dealing with that bridge traffic," Sokolich said. "When there is an event and gridlock occurs, we deal with it."
Julie January 10, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Christie in his press conference said he was blindsided Wednesday morning, but later in the press conference said he had lost 2 nights of sleep over this. So it's the age old question, what did he know and when did he know it? There are approximately 1000 pages of emails etc being released on line today. This has only just begun. If Christie had any knowledge of this, someone who he has thrown under the bus will surely throw him under the bus. David Wildstein has already asked the State Assembly Panel for immunity, for which they don't have the authority to grant. Oh, what a web we weave………..
suz January 10, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Has anyone noticed that not one democrat in office in NJ has commented? I have a feeling that if (and when) this fiasco is investigated that a lot of skeletons are going to come flying out of the closet. The dems had better get those shredders warmed up.
Julie January 10, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Suz, I agree. I think that if you supported Christie, regardless of party, you were rewarded and if you opposed him you were punished. The rewards and fear of retribution were probably what prompted so many Dems to support him. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.
greggforsbrey January 10, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Millions lost their health insurance, some sat in traffic, GET OVER IT!!
Julie January 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM
The bottom line here is that there was a willful abuse of power from the Governor's office and the responsible parties need to be held accountable. Otherwise, where is the deterrent to stop others? This debacle has nothing to do with a traffic jam and everything thing to do with retribution, arrogance and abuse.

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