TRENTON – Two Senate Democrats want a wide-open investigation into lane closures.
Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Ray Lesniak want a Senate committee to be given subpoena power to look into complaints surrounding access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge that occurred in September.
The closures Sept. 9-13 “engulfed” the Fort Lee area, creating a public safety issue that delayed emergency vehicles and put drivers at risk, the resolution states.
The northern New Jersey lawmakers want the State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee to be constituted as a special committee empowered to investigate the controversy.
The resolution says that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director reopened the lanes only after learning of the closures, and that the method used to close the lanes reversed a quarter century of operational procedure.
Some Bergen County candidates during the election season called for legislative investigations as well.
The lane closures were just the latest in a series of incidents involving the bi-state agency that have drawn lawmakers’ criticisms. When the Authority hiked tolls last year, its method of scheduling public hearings drew a great deal of criticism from opponents who alleged the agency deliberately made it difficult for people to attend.