A New Jersey state senator is right in calling for a federal investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s administration over allegations that top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams on the country’s busiest bridge last year as part of a political vendetta against a city mayor.
New Jersey State Sen. Ray Lesniak told CNN’s New Day that September lane closures near the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey to Manhattan snarled traffic for days in Fort Lee, N.J.—an event that was not only inconvenient, but also potentially delayed emergency services, endangering people’s lives.
“This crosses a line that is rarely crossed: People’s lives were in danger,” Lesniak said. Endangering people’s lives—that’s not politics. That’s why the U.S. attorneys have to get involved.
Despite Christie’s efforts to put the incident behind, the bridge controversy has intensified.
Christies held a news conference on Thursday in which he apologized to the people of New Jersey.
“It is completely unacceptable,” said Christie. “I am responsible for what happened.”
The governor’s news conference came one day after emails and text messages revealed his administration may have closed highway lanes to exact political retribution. The email strongly suggested that appointees of the Republican governor orchestrated the closures to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not endorsing Christie for re-election last fall.