The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told the Bergen Record newspaper it would need at least two months to comply with a Democratic lawmaker’s request for records about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that led to days of gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J. in September. Some Democrats have alleged the lane closures were related to a local mayor’s failure to endorse gov. Chris Christie’s (R) re-election bid.
State Senator Loretta Weinberg, who represents a district that includes Fort Lee, told the Record she made a request for all records related to the closures on Nov. 13 and received no response. A Port Authority spokesman said the agency, which oversees the bridge, sent her a letter stating it would need until at least Jan. 13 to respond to her request.
Port Authority regulations require the agency to send written notification if it will take more than 20 days to respond to a public records request.