NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A judge has given New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other defendants more time to file a response to two lawsuits related to the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal.

Christie was among several defendants who were initially scheduled to respond to the lawsuits by Friday.

Other defendants include former Christie campaign chairman Bill Stepien, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and its former deputy executive director, Bill Baroni.

One of the lawsuits was filed by several limo and taxi companies who claim they were effected by the lane closures.

The other lawsuit was filed by several people who said the lane closures and subsequent traffic jams made them late for work.

A judge wrote last week that he must decide other issues, such as whether the two lawsuits will be consolidated, before the defendants will be required to respond.

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