The Port Authority executive who put a stop to the bridge lane closure controversy that’s engulfed the Gov. Chris Christie administration said he’s “proud” of his decision to reopen the lanes.
Patrick Foye, the agency’s executive director, told a New York audience this week he made the right decision in ordering lanes to the George Washington Bridge be reopened after traffic jams wrecked havoc on motorists for nearly a week in September.
“I didn’t want someone dying in the back of an ambulance,” Foye said during a question-and-answer session hosted by the New York Observer and the law firm Cozen O’Conner, according to a published report from the Associated Press.
“I’m proud of the action I took,” he said. “It was, frankly, a very easy, short decision.”
Foye’s comments came as U.S. prosecutors requested New Jersey lawmakers postpone a public hearing Foye was slated to take part in next week to discuss the controversy.
Foye was scheduled to testify before a joint legislative committee investigating the closures on June 3. However, lawmakers agreed to postpone the hearing.