Gov. Chris Christie’s top two Port Authority appointees continued the George Washington Bridge gridlock for three days after learning the traffic jams were life-threatening.
A Sept. 9 e-mail to Bill Baroni and David Wildstein laid out the emergency response problems for police and ambulances in Fort Lee, N.J., after the punitive rush-hour lane closings.
“Wanted you both have a heads-up — Peggy Thomas, Borough Administrator, called me regarding the increased volume and congestion,” wrote PA employee Tina Lado.
“She mentioned there were two incidents that Ft Lee PD and EMS had difficulty responding to: a missing child (later found) and a cardiac arrest ... If there is anything you need me to do, let me know.”
The lanes instead remained closed for three more days in the “Bridgegate” scandal that led to the resignations last month of Baroni and Wildstein.
A 91-year-old Fort Lee woman died on Sept. 9, and local officials said it took twice the usual time for first responders to reach her home.