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Legislator: NJ lane closures not traffic-related

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FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey assemblyman who is holding hearings on whether lane closures on ramps to the George Washington Bridge last year were an act of political retribution says he has reviewed 900 pages of subpoenaed documents and cannot find any traffic-related explanation for the closures.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1esd6LW ) that the records he received from the Port Authority suggest that someone outside the agency initiated the closures, which caused backups in Fort Lee for four days in September.

He has not disclosed the documents and did not return calls to the AP Thursday.

Port Authority officials have said the unannounced closures were part of a traffic study.

Wisniewski is looking at whether they were payback to Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor for declining to endorse Republican Gov. Chris Christie for re-election.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com