This week marks the second anniversary of the September 2013 lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that, according to federal prosecutors, were carried out as part of a plot to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Gov. Chris Christie’s 2013 re-election campaign. Two former top Port Authority officials with ties to Christie and a former high-level member of Christie’s staff in Trenton are facing charges in connection to the scandal known as Bridgegate. The lane closures have also spawned investigations into other areas, including the actions of former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, and inspired competing pieces of legislation to reform the Port Authority, with Republicans supporting a bill that has already cleared the New York Legislature but Democrats here backing a measure that would go further.
In Trenton today, legislators will discuss the competing bills and try to figure out a way for one bill to emerge on a bipartisan basis.