FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Fort Lee officials on Friday released hours of dispatch tapes from the week in September when a traffic jam engineered by Gov. Chris Christie’s aides clogged streets near the George Washington Bridge.
Around 9 a.m. on Sept. 9, someone in Fort Lee, N.J., called for an ambulance.
A dispatch call went out. But the town, and the George Washington Bridge into New York City, was completely gridlocked. And dispatchers soon became traffic officers.
“The George Washington Bridge is totally gridlocked,” a dispatcher said, giving alternate directions to a driver to help circumvent the traffic.