Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in his most extensive back and forth to date with reporters about the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal that has engulfed his counterpart in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie.
Cuomo and Christie jointly run the entity that oversees the bridge, the Port Authority, but Cuomo has largely avoided discussing what he knew when about the controversy. On Wednesday, he mostly deflected questions from reporters, including whether he bears any responsibility for problems at the Port Authority. Cuomo replied simply "it's a bi-state agency."
WNYC's Andrea Bernstein said Cuomo has more of a stake in the Port Authority than he's letting on:
“From reporting that we've done at WNYC, that other news outlets have done, it's clear there were potential conflicts of interest all up and down through the Port Authority, questions about whether these public dollars were being used in the best way. That is the responsibility of the New York governor and people are beginning to wonder 'what was he doing?'”