FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — As drivers sat in miles of traffic at the George Washington Bridge in September and as key figures testified later about the lane closures, the Port Authority’s chairman at the time was frequently talking to Christie administration and agency officials, newly released phone records show.
Assemblyman John Wisniewski, co-chair of the legislative panel investigating the lane closures, told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane the phone logs seem to clash with the story told by key figures in the case.
“The frequency of the phone calls between a number of the individuals who were actually involved and aware of the lane closures paints an entirely different picture,” Wisniewski said.
The logs do not detail what was discussed between then-Port Authority Chairman David Samson and others. Calls involving Samson and certain officials are reportedly a rare event outside of brief, hectic periods.
Wisniewski said there is Republican pressure to conclude the investigation. The finish line, he said, is in sight. But the panel is looking to speak to more witnesses, and it is still looking over records.
Fort Lee was locked in traffic for four days last September, apparently to retaliate against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who did not endorse Gov. Chris Christie in his re-election bid last year.
Christie officials who have testified before the legislative committee have maintained the lane closures were orchestrated by Christie aides without the governor’s knowledge.
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