Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich, whose town experienced extensive traffic problems when lanes on the George Washington Bridge were shut down last year, will attend the State of the Union address with Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), the Bergen Record reported Monday.
“He did exhibit a standup attitude [on the bridge issue] which I’ve grown to like and I can’t say I kept that out of my mind because that’s not the truth, but it’s not the reason he was selected,” Pascrell said.
Sokolich stopped speaking to the media about the bridge scandal earlier in January, after he told the New York Times that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) office reached out to him for an endorsement. While some have linked the lane closures to Sokolich’s decision not to endorse Christie for re-election last year, others have alleged that the lane closures were tied to a redevelopment project in Fort Lee.