“Bridgegate Sampler ” The Bridgegate Sampler features a smorgasbord of political motivations and deviations, tucked into a four-day traffic jam on the busiest bridge in the world.
Bridgegate Sampler I: Ants on a Logjam
From September 9 to September 13, 2013, traffic on the George Washington Bridge came to a grinding halt. Two of three access lanes to the bridge, which connects Fort Lee, New Jersey to New York City, had been ordered closed by a New Jersey official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. No prior notification had been given to local government officials, emergency responders, or to the top New York official at the Port Authority.
For four days, children missed school, people missed work, and ambulances were unable to reach those in need. There was speculation that the lanes were closed as retribution against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich, for refusing to endorse Republican Governor Chris Christie for re-election.
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