NJ Lawmakers Asked For Info About The Promotion Of Port Authority Cop

AP

As part of their investigation of the George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal, a New Jersey legislative committee subpoenaed records about the promotion of a Port Authority Police Department official.

Documents released Friday by the Assembly’s Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee indicate that the committee wanted to know the date when it was determined that a Port Authority Police Department official named Darcy Licorish would be promoted, and the date Licorish was actually promoted.

The subpoena, which was addressed to Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, also requested the date and time Licorish was notified of former Port Authority executive David Wildstein’s order to close the lanes.

The lane closures led to a massive, multi-day traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee, N.J. Democrats in the state have for months alleged that the lanes were closed as retaliation against Sokolich, a Democrat, who declined to endorse Christie’s re-election bid last year. The released documents include communications tying the administration of Gov. Chris Christie (R) to the decision to close the lanes.

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