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NY pols: Christie Port appointee should resign

12-11-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Three New York elected officials have joined the call for the resignation of Gov. Chris Christie’s top appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey following unannounced lane closings at the George Washington Bridge created a traffic nightmare.

Two New York state officials and a city council member issued a statement Wednesday saying Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni should resign immediately.

Baroni told a New Jersey Assembly panel the September lane closings were for a traffic study.

However, Executive Director Patrick Foye, an appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, testified that he was unaware of any study.

Democrats suspect another Christie appointee who works under Baroni ordered two-thirds of Fort Lee’s lanes shut to punish the mayor for not endorsing Christie.

The governor denies it.