911 Tapes From George Washington Bridge Lane Closures Released

AP

The borough of Fort Lee, N.J. on Friday released 911 and police communication tapes recorded during the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

The Newark Star-Ledger has uploaded the audio files to its website. The files span a 28-hour period during the four days the lanes were closed: Sept. 9 to Sept. 13.

The lane closures caused a massive, multi-day traffic traffic jam in Fort Lee, and multiple investigations are now trying to get to the bottom of why they took place. Democrats in New Jersey have for months suggested that the lanes were closed as a form of political retaliation against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who declined to endorse Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) re-election last year.

The Associated Press earlier this month published a story after reviewing five hours of emergency dispatch audio recorded during the lane closures. The news wire found that the gridlock caused by the lane closures “appeared not to lead to anyone’s death or seriously compromise their medical care.”

You can listen to the complete audio recordings here.

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