Could GWB Lane Closures Have Implications for Christie?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 05:45 PM

David Wildstein (The Record)

The controversy over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September is beginning to get national media attention as Democrats link Governor Chris Christie, a possible presidential contender, to the issue.

Matt Katz covers Christie for New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC.

"Democrats, they smell blood here," he said in this interview, noting that subpoenas for additional testimony could be one possible outcome. Still, the long-term implications for Christie are unclear at this point —  a new poll out Tuesday shows him with a 65 percent approval rating.


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Chris Christie permanently stopped desperately needed rail lines to NYC by canceling the ARC tunnel, and now he illegally closed lanes to NYC. He is anti infrastructure.

Jan. 09 2014 01:34 AM
iMan9796 from New Jersey

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.

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 someone else's property.

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."

NYC Police Comminsioner Ray Kelly agrees with my concerns as well.

If the Port Authority will not prosecute and punish their own supervisors for theft, especially when they are caught redhanded, how much confidence do you have in their ability to actually put a stop to their illegal passport policy? The Port Authority's inaction and cover-up is tantamount to treason.

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.”

It’s time to stop the madness!

Dec. 15 2013 11:21 AM
Fred from Brooklyn

This seems to be a relatively minor incident, yet it has broad implications. Imagine if a NY Governor had an issue with an elected official in Long Island or Westchester, and had a henchman order the closure of the train station in that town without warning. Or if a NYC Mayor had a problem with an elected official on Staten Island and ordered the ferry schedule to be cut. The GWB lane scandal is a chilling precedent that cannot be dropped.

Dec. 11 2013 11:12 AM
Nick from UWS

No Brian..there was no implied "no" in Christie's answer. That was a clear evasion of the question, in fact I would consider that a yes considering that sort of response. Don't be so unbelievably naive.

Dec. 11 2013 11:05 AM

Unfortunately, I think this is going nowhere.

A robust transportation infrastructure will make or break the future of our region in the next 100 years. Yet again, Christie and his lackeys prefer politics over policy. See also, the Governor's unilateral cancellation of the ARC tunnel.

The citizens of NJ knew Chris Christie to be a bully, and there are no small number of accounts of his vindictiveness. At times, it's apparent due to his demeanor and treatment of people. Despite this, NJ Democrats in public office kowtowed to him, acquiesced to him, placated him, etc.

Same old story: Republicans are bullies, Democrats are wimps, voters are suckers, and the residents lose.

Dec. 11 2013 08:41 AM

No Nelsom Mandela......Where is the sense of respect for differences?

Dec. 11 2013 07:31 AM

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