NJ State Senator Calls For Federal Investigation Into Bridge Scandal

New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D) on Thursday called for a federal investigation of the Christie administration’s ties to lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year that caused a multi-day traffic jam in Fort Lee, N.J.

“This crosses a line that is rarely crossed: People’s lives were in danger,” Lesniak told CNN’s “New Day” program. “Endangering people’s lives — that’s not politics. That’s why the U.S. attorneys have to get involved.”

First responders were reportedly delayed in responding to at least four medical emergencies as a result of the lane closures, which Democrats have argued was a form of political revenge against Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor.


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