Let’s watch Mr. Christie, a Republican and former U.S. Attorney and who has previously denied – repeatedly – that his administration would never partake in such shenanigans, get out of this one. Because BUSTED.
They knew the George Washington Bridge gridlock could kill someone — and did nothing to stop it.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s top two Port Authority appointees, despite warnings of severely delayed emergency response time, extended the government-sanctioned traffic jams in Fort Lee for three days.
A Sept. 9 email to PA execs Bill Baroni and David Wildstein laid out the life-threatening situation created by the punitive morning rush-hour lane closings at the world’s busiest bridge.
“Wanted you both (to) have a heads-up — Peggy Thomas, Borough Administrator, called me regarding the increased volume and congestion,” wrote PA employee Tina Lado.
“She mentioned there were two incidents that Ft Lee PD and EMS had difficulty responding to: a missing child (later found) and a cardiac arrest … If there is anything you need me to do, let me know.”
The lanes instead remained closed in the Sept. 9-12 Bridgegate scandal that led to the pair’s resignations. Emails showed Wildstein approving the daily extensions of the “road test.”
Florence Genova, a 91-year-old Fort Lee woman, died on Sept. 9, and local officials said it took twice the usual time for first responders to reach her home.
The bi-state agency’s furious executive director, after learning of the bogus four-day traffic study, fired off an email declaring federal, New York and New Jersey laws were broken.
“I pray that no life has been lost,” read PA Executive Director Patrick Foye’s page-long Sept. 13 rant about the so-called “TL-24” test.
“I will get to the bottom of this abusive decision which violates everything this agency stands for,” Foye vowed. “I intend to learn how PA process was wrongfully subverted and the public interest damaged, to say nothing of the credibility of this agency.”