‘Hatfields and McCoys’ at PANYNJ, Wisniewski says

TRENTON – The emails that surfaced today concerning the Port Authority Fort Lee lane closures show a bi-state agency that is akin to the Hatfields and McCoys, Assembly Transportation Chair John Wisniewski said today.

“There seems to be a great deal of animus’’ at the agency, he said. “In an agency this big it shouldn’t happen.”

Wisniewski subpoenaed the documents that now show personnel in the New Jersey governor’s office were in communication with Port Authority appointees from New Jersey concerning the planned closure of lanes at the George Washington Bridge.

Wisniewski said the emails show that “Clearly there was quite a bit of anger about Mr. (Patrick) Foye,” the top New York official who ordered the lanes reopened and stopped the so-called traffic study.

But the Transportation chair said the emails involving since-ousted appointee David Wildstein, a former PolitickerNJ editor, show a back and forth over Foye along the lines of “who does he think he is; we’ll show him.’’

Wisniewski said as a result of the new revelations about how far this goes into the governor’s office, the committee needs to hear from Bridget Kelly, deputy chief of staff in his office.

He did not rule out at some point seeking answers from David Samson, former attorney general and now Port Authority chairman and one of Gov. Chris Christie’s closest confidants.

He also said they had planned to seek an appearance by the Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich Thursday but changed course for now.

Wisniewski said at some point they will have him come in and answer questions about the possible political punishment that published reports have linked the lane closures to.

But he said the emails clearly show a bi-state agency whose N.J. and N.Y. officials are on different pages. ‘Hatfields and McCoys’ at PANYNJ, Wisniewski says