by Michaela Winberg
After Port Authority closed two out of three lanes on the George Washington Bridge, it sent traffic down the length of the bridge and to the Fort Lee area, according to nbcnewyork.com. Here is a timeline of events regarding the “Bridgegate” scandal:
Aug. 13: according to nbcnewyork.com, former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly emailed David Wildstein, then-appointee to Christie at the Port Authority: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” to which Wildstein respond “Got it.”
Sept. 7: the same source reported that Wildstein emailed Kelly saying, “I will call you Monday AM to let you know how Fort Lee goes."
Sept. 9: the lanes were closed, and traffic struck the George Washington Bridge. It delayed school buses, emergency vehicles and countless commuters, according to nj.com.
September: the Port Authority claimed that the lanes were closed for a “traffic study,” according to nbcnewyork.com.
October: an investigation began on the lane closures.
December: the information was released and Wildstein resigned from his position, and Christie fired Kelly. The governor claimed that he knew nothing of the bridge conspiracy.
Jan. 16: According to nj.com, during an open press conference on Jan. 16, Christie gave a 111-minute apology on the matter. Three private organizations and seventeen government officials within the Christie administration received orders to produce documentation and to appear in court when asked, according to cbslocal.com.
Jan. 17: That documentation was received, according to cbslocal.com. When the evidence is evaluated, more information will be released to the public.
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