No Fatal Consequences in 'Bridgegate' Traffic Jam: Report

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.

Michael pellettiere February 18, 2014 at 07:06 AM
Jeff the only feeling in my gut is that you are a biased liberal
Ridgewood Mom February 18, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Give me a break! Chris Christie has been PROVEN guilty of being either a liar or else profoundly incompetent. Either he gave the orders to close the bridge, or his inner circle ran a circus around him on his behalf and in reflection of his vindictive pettiness. There is no possibility, in all of this, that Chris Christie is an OK guy. Once again, he has proven himself to be a lowly, villainous, thuggish bully.
Dan Grant February 18, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Michael, you are being played with this conservative vs liberal attitude. It has nothing to do with it. It is just an arguement to keep the people stupid.
MS2012 February 18, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Jeff I am not ignoring your point pretty much said it is foolish and the way you tried to make your point is even worse. The anti Christie people need to relax, I ask again you are all mad at an abuse in power over traffic, how mad were you at Obama and Hillary for Benghazi? I bet you were not mad at all. Hypocrisy by the liberals is beyond hilarious. Lets focus on traffic and forget about the rest of the worlds problems. Also, the Democratic Party in NJ is the poster boy for corruption and abusing power, if you think otherwise you know nothing about the guy who controls the party.
Michael pellettiere February 18, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Ridgewood mom, it's your opinion he was involved not fact. And you know what opinions are like. ... When people are looked up at there are people doing stupid and sometimes criminal things in their behalf without them knowing
BellairBerdan February 18, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Christie is a convicted liar http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/chris-christies-1994-ad-was-too-tough-and-inaccurate-for-jersey/2014/01/19/b69f0d86-7ef8-11e3-93c1-0e888170b723_story.html
Ridgewood Mom February 18, 2014 at 08:28 AM
No Michael. It is not an opinion. It is a fact. Chris Christie is either lying here or incompetent. Now, either you don't understand the difference between a fact or an opinion or else you don't care to understand what I've said. There is no way around it. There is nothing redeemable about this pathological bully. Christie is a terrible, horrible, no good very bad man and it shines for everyone to see. Now, you may like him for being a bully, but that is another matter.
suz February 18, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Ridgewood Mom...you are delusional.
JeffO February 18, 2014 at 09:07 AM
MS2012, Benghazai is far more of a manufactured "scandal" than this is, and that's about as much of your deflecting bait I'll take. Besides, I'm sure you're not at all outraged at the 4,000+ deaths and the tens of thousands of grievous injuries suffered by Americans who served their country in good faith, because of the Cheney administration's bad faith, criminal insistence on cooking the intelligence in order get our country into a war under false "WMD" pretenses that just happened to benefit Cheney's business cronies. Until you're ready to acknowledge that enormous capital treason, you have no moral standing to be deflecting on this scandal. Now, can we get back to the subject at hand??
Ridgewood Mom February 18, 2014 at 09:08 AM
What color is the sky suz? Is that your opinion?
MS2012 February 18, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Yeah let's talk about traffic, that happens every day. Benghazi was manufactured, are you okay??? People died, but traffic is more important please anti- Christie people lets stop wasting time on traffic and try to focus more important issues. You know crime, drugs, poverty, the homeless, etc it is traffic get a grip. Jeff you feel traffic is more important, I feel bad for you. Hate Christie all you want but to focus all your attention on traffic speaks to how sad our society has become!!! I am done wasting my time on something so trivial.
joe raich February 18, 2014 at 09:34 AM
To all who have posted: Get involved, get active in NJ's world of politics. You name it, issues abound and the rug can't handle more dirt underneath. Fight to make Jersey right. Our Governor and his party do nothing while our infrastructure, environment, people their security and welfare suffer, (just to name a few) being ignored. Put your "leaders" under the gun...
BellairBerdan February 18, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Hey MS2012, we can talk about other more important things and still stay on the Christie topic. How about diverting PA funds for pet projects for donors? How about diverting the Sandy money from the people whose homes were destroyed to million dollar condo developers in areas not affected by the storm? How about squashing investigations of nepotism and loyalty oaths? How about changing the rules so a pal could double dip? How about being caught lying about the Race to the Top money?
Ottmar Pak February 18, 2014 at 09:45 AM
@ MS2012, traffic is only the tip of the iceberg.
JeffO February 18, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Christie lied twice about the Race to the Top fiasco. First he blamed Obama's bureaucrats for allegedly not giving the application's presenters and opportunity to come up with missing information. Then, when a videotape proved that accusation to be false, he said his Education Commissioner Brett Schundler lied to him, and then fired him. But Schundler had emails showing he hadn't lied. That's right, folks...Christie has previously lied about being lied to. Sound familiar?
Ottmar Pak February 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Butt, Jeff. Christie showed great leadership wrongfully firing Schundler.
John Santaella February 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Ridgefield Mom, Christie bragged that he knew about all that went on in his administration. Now he claims he knew nothing about what his inner circle was planning. Now he either knew about this or he was incompetent about what went on under his nose. The investigations will show the truth. Either way Christie has lost all credibility. He's done. Stick a fork in him. We know he is a bully. That has been shown over and over. Anyone who denies he's a bully is blind or they just don't wish to see. The biggest loser: New Jersey.
joe raich February 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM
It's obvious that the Christie track record- Schundler, bullying, "running up the score ( Democratic office holders endorsements), Bridgegate, inaction and vetoing bipartisan legislation, has developed his pattern and will ultimately get him impeached. Not even Washington politics can withstand the likes of Christopher Christie...
Michael pellettiere February 18, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Would you like some cheese with that whine?
JeffO February 18, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Poor Michael, reduced to cliches in the absence of any convincing argument in defense of Mr.Big.
suz February 18, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Well, I think that Michael is just done with all the negativity. Don't blame him. Seems most have made up their minds on which side they prefer to be on at this point. Yep, I know a good cheese shop if you all would like a reference.
Michael pellettiere February 18, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Keep telling your self that jeff, bottom line no proof he's involved . If it ends up he was involved then that's a different story. There's nothing else to say. Do you think you can hold back the tears?
John Santaella February 18, 2014 at 04:38 PM
No, the bottom line Michael is that you're afraid to look behind the curtain.
Michael pellettiere February 18, 2014 at 04:53 PM
John the truth is you upset that there's no smoking gun
Michael pellettiere February 18, 2014 at 04:53 PM
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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