Assembly panel to seek answers on GW Bridge lane closures

The legislators will try to get answers next week regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closures Sept. 9-13.

The Assembly Transportation Committee will convene a hearing at 10 a.m. Monday into the closures that turned Fort Lee into a traffic nightmare.

The panel, which does have subpoena powers, will look into the economic harm and safety hazards that resulted.

Also in the air will be the allegations that won’t go away of possible political motivations, that the closures were seen by some as retribution because the Fort Lee mayor did not endorse Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election.

Port Authority spokespeople could not immediately comment this morning on whether Authority officials will be at the hearing.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg attended an Authority meeting recently and was blunt in her assessment of what is going on at the Authority: “Cover-up.” She is seeking subpoena power for the Senate Transportation panel.

Jersey City just announced it would pursue legal action against the Authority to recoup $400 million it says it’s owed in economic harm by the bi-state agency.

Assembly panel to seek answers on GW Bridge lane closures