Bridgegate Sampler II: Mock Traffic Study: Baroni
In 2010, law professor and State Senator Bill Baroni was named Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie.
On day two of the September lane closures, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich texted Baroni, desperate for relief for his constituents. “Presently we have four very busy traffic lanes merging into only one toll booth. The bigger problem is getting kids to school. Help please. It’s maddening.” Baroni did not reply. On the fourth day, a wary Sokolich again wrote to Baroni. “Try as we may to understand its rationale without the benefit of a response from the Port Authority, we are reaching the conclusion that there are punitive overtones associated with this initiative.” The mayor, a Democrat who had declined to endorse Chris Christie for re-election, suspected that the lane closures were an act of retaliation. Baroni forwarded the Sokolich note to his subordinate, David Wildstein, while also mocking the mayor. READ MORE >