Fact-checkers: Christie Wrong About 'Dedicated' GW Bridge Lanes

Monday, 23 Dec 2013 06:24 PM

By Cathy Burke

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New fuel is fanning the flames of controversy over a bridge traffic jam that's dogging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: a fact-checking organization has said that one of Christie's statements is untrue.

Christie has groused that three lanes leading to the busy George Washington Bridge are "dedicated" to Fort Lee, N.J., where the span begins on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.

"The fact that one town has three lanes dedicated to it, that kind of gets me sauced," Christie said Dec. 2 after lawmakers subpoenaed the director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge, to testify about the Sept. 9-13 closures, the fact-checking website Politifact noted.

The closures caused colossal traffic jams in Fort Lee and sparked charges that they were ordered out of political spite because Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich didn't endorse Christie's re-election. Port Authority officials said the closures were part of a traffic study.

But Politifact gave the governor's assertion about "dedicated" lanes a "pants-on-fire" rating.

"Christie is way off here," Politifact wrote. "The facts are that the George Washington Bridge is physically in Fort Lee and there are local-access lanes from the bridge. But none of the lanes are dedicated for use only in or by the borough. All motorists are able to use them as an entry point to the span."

The Republican governor has blown off the controversy, dubbed "Bridgegate," as sensationalized,  but he's wrong there, a Newark Star-Ledger columnist said last week.

Columnist Paul Mulshine told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that Christie may be the target of an ambitious investigator.

"It's a very big deal because John Wisniewski, the Assembly Transportation Committee chair, he's . . . got ambitions of moving up," Mulshine said.

"So, he could use this as a Watergate-style inquiry to make his name statewide, possibly run for governor next time around, that kind of thing."



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

GOP's Kirsten Kukowski: 'Very Confident' We'll Win Senate

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 18:42 PM

The GOP is on its way to reclaiming the Senate in November, says Kirsten Kukowski, national press secretary for the Repu . . .

Romney for US President in 2016? Iowa Poll Puts Him on Top

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 18:12 PM

Americans may not be through with Mitt Romney after all.The two-time Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly st . . .

Hillary Clinton to Join Obama at Democratic Party Fundraiser

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 17:53 PM

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are guests at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser next month – present . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved