Asm. Wisniewski Says Uncertainty Remains From GWB Lane Closures

Since the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September and following the latest hearing held by the Assembly Transportation Committee, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that uncertainty revolving around the lane closures still remains.

“My takeaway is the same takeaway I had last time we took testimony on this issue, is that there still are more facts that need to be uncovered,” said Wisniewski. “The testimony leads to more questions and more unexplainable activities at the Port Authority.”

During the testimonies at the Transportation Committee on Monday, both the number one and number two men at the Port Authority admitted that Bill Baroni kept the lane closures for more than a week from Executive Director Patrick Foye, according to Wisniewski.

Wisniewski also said that the Transportation Committee still needs to find out why Baroni may have kept it in the dark despite having Baroni testify. Without the benefit of subpoena, Wisniewski says committee members won’t be able to get the answers they’re looking for despite asking for e-mails and documents.

The Assembly Transportation Committee is considering having Baroni back to testify, as well as David Wildstein, under subpoena along with other names that were brought up in testimony on Monday.

Wisniewski also said that Foye has not supplied all of the documents that were relevant to the lane closures. Foye had told the committee that his legal council has to review the documents first.

“We need to see those documents to see the paper trail that was created,” said Wisniewski.

Wisniewski says he wants to give the Port Authority the opportunity to comply with the subpoena.

As for the lane closures being part of a political statement, Wisniewski thinks the reason is more than an endorsement in a gubernatorial election, as Gov. Chris Christie said in a press conference.

“The fact remains that two of the significant players in the Port Authority who were appointed by the New Jersey governor were involved in an operation that kept the executive director in the dark intentionally that diverted traffic and created a public safety hazard in Fort Lee. That is incomprehensible behavior and clearly not exactable behavior,” said Wisniewski. “I’m surprised the governor hasn’t asked for Mr. Baroni to step down.”