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While the AP says there were no fatalities related to the days-long lane closures, its report suggests consequences for Gov. Chris Christie.

Gov. Chris Christie walks to the Fort Lee Municipal Building for a meeting with Mayor Mark Sokolich on Jan. 9. / Photo: Jim Leggate.
Gov. Chris Christie walks to the Fort Lee Municipal Building for a meeting with Mayor Mark Sokolich on Jan. 9. / Photo: Jim Leggate.

The “lack of life-or-death consequences” following the closure of two traffic lanes in Fort Lee in September and the ensuing traffic "nightmare" was by virtue of luck and not planning, according to an Associated Press investigation into hours of 911 calls and other evidence.

The news agency’s investigation uncovered reports of “chest pains, traffic collisions, false fire alarms and a dead goose in a parking lot,” but concludes that the results of the lane closures “could have been worse.”

In the report, the AP intimates that its findings, which in no way further connect Gov. Chris Christie with the lane closures, could have an impact on his presidential ambitions.

First responders on Sept. 9 complained of “[total] gridlock,” and one 911 dispatcher told a caller “we’ll do our best” to get to the home of the man complaining of chest pains, according to the report.

Another caller the same day received emergency care within a minute of placing a 911 call.

Responders were delayed reaching a 91-year-old woman who later died at Englewood Hospital. However, the woman's daughter said the response time did not contribute to her mother's death.

Christie earlier this month said his office would cooperate with a subpoena issued by the U.S. Attorney investigating the lane closures.

John Santaella February 18, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Most crime today is committed with a pen and not a gun..or in this case an email.
Michael pellettiere February 18, 2014 at 05:10 PM
There's no gun, pen, email, messenger bird, or smoke signal pointing at christie. Wildstien is not christie
Ridgewood Mom February 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM
Wildstein... Kelly... Michaels... there must have been some kind of an elaborate circus being conducted all around him, then, with him being dumbfounded and unawares as they marched by his side pursuing his usual arena of sarcasm and put downishness. Christie administration business as usual. What profound incompetence! What a house of jokers- a real culture of backstabbing barbarity!!! Oh, and also Christie might have given the orders himself.
Ottmar Pak February 19, 2014 at 01:00 PM
It just doesn't stop. Follow the money to Mr. Samson ... "Walmart also hired various state power brokers to lobby for it, including Wolff & Samson—the "Samson" in Wolff & Samson is David Samson, the longtime Christie crony who was chair of the Port Authority during the infamous George Washington Bridge lane closures." http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/18/1278500/-Walmart-hires-Christie-cronies-to-turn-no-into-yes?detail=email
Michael pellettiere February 19, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Mr. Plum in the ballroom with the candle stick


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