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Fort Lee lane closures controversy

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The Port Authority closed two of three lanes in Fort Lee, N.J., near the George Washington Bridge for four days starting September 9, 2013, resulting in gridlock traffic.

Many people, including state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, the area senator, are outraged that there is still no answer on the closures.

Originally, Port Authority spokespeople said the closings were due to a "traffic study," a statement Deputy Executive Director Bob Baroni, an appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, backed up.

But then the Executive Director Patrick Foye, an appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, sent out a scathing letter to the whole agency saying there was no traffic study, the closures might be illegal, and that it goes against everything the authority stands for.

Fort Lee Mayor Tom Sokolich wrote an email Baroni in September, saying he couldn’t reach him, his community suffered greatly from the closures.

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