A traffic jam deliberately orchestrated by members of Gov. Chris Christie’s staff that caused days of gridlock in northern New Jersey appeared not to lead to anyone’s death or seriously compromise their medical care.
An Associated Press review of emergency dispatch audio and call logs revealed frustration among emergency-medical workers who dealt with traffic backups around Fort Lee, N.J.
The lack of life-or-death consequences reflects good fortune, not good planning. The outcome could have political repercussions for Christie, a presumptive Republican presidential candidate in 2016.
Christie has apologized several times for the closures and said he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by a former aide who called for the shutdown. But the Justice Department and New Jersey’s legislature continue to investigate whether the gridlock was political retaliation against Fort Lee’s mayor.