NJ Sen. Bob Menendez: Christie Bridge News ‘Troubling,’ ‘Disturbing’


Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) described as “troubling” and “disturbing” the new revelations implicating Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) administration in a seemingly politically-charged move to close down lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

“The reports about the released Port Authority emails regarding the ongoing investigation into last fall’s traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge are troubling and disturbing,” Menendez said in a statement. “The closing of local lanes to the bridge during the height of the morning rush hour made school children late for classes and interfered with first responders making their way to emergencies.”

“I will be reviewing testimony from the N.J. State Assembly Transportation Committee’s investigation,” the senior senator from New Jersey continued, “and monitoring the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s inquiry into these matters so that it can be ultimately determined whether people were unnecessarily inconvenienced or put in harm’s way.”


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