Port Authority Chairman Apologizes For GWB Lane Closures

AP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday offered a public apology for the George Washington Bridge lane closures, which were orchestrated by former agency officials and caused a multi-day traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee, N.J.

“On behalf of the board of commissioners, we are deeply sorry for inconvenience caused to our travelers,” Port Authority Chairman David Samson said at a meeting of the agency’s board.

Samson, a close friend of Christie’s, has himself received scrutiny in the press for his ties to the various scandals now swirling around the governor. On Wednesday, Samson declined to wade into the specifics.

“While I would like to comment more specifically about some of the outstanding issues, I recognize that there are established efforts to examine the events that occurred,” Samson said. “I defer to these procedures, and I trust that when the facts unfold, and they will unfold, the public will have a complete picture.”

According to The New York Post, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) top appointee to the bistate board, Scott Rechler, went further than Samson in a statement saying “some of the members of the Port Authority shut down lanes and put public safety at risk.”

Watch video of Samson’s remarks, via The Bergen Record:

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