Apparently — by which I mean, definitely — a political hack shut lanes entering the George Washington Bridge for five days in September and ruined traffic.

The motive remains a matter of speculation, as no credible explanation and only several false ones have been put forward by the agency operating the bridge, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In the interests of informed speculation, please note the following circumstances. First, the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., the borough adjacent to the bridge and the one that suffered most from the sudden shutdown of two of its three access lanes, had just failed to come through with an expected endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie for re-election.

And second, the hack who closed the lanes got his job at the Port Authority through the patronage of Governor Christie, a high school classmate. Governor Christie’s man was on a corner in Fort Lee at 7 a.m. on the first day of the lane closings, watching the traffic monstrosity build, according to recent testimony at hearings in New Jersey.

So apparently — by which I mean, maybe — this was an act of retribution against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for his failure to join others of his party in making the case that Mr. Christie was irresistibly bipartisan.


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