NY/NJ Port Authority Official Resigns Over Controversy

David Wildstein, the Port Authority's director of interstate capital projects and the man at the center of a widening controversy over unannounced lane closures on the George Washington Bridge announced Friday he has chosen to resign from the Port Authority  on Jan. 1 “to pursue other opportunities.” His resignation letter come just a few days before a legislative hearing to determine if the lane closures were a politically motivated stunt to punish Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor or if, as the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie administration has said, they were just part of a traffic study.

News of Wildstein’s resignation came on the same day that two more Port Authority officials were ordered to testify before New Jersey lawmakers today in a hearing that threatens to expose tension within the bi-state agency and between the governors on both sides of the Hudson who oversee it. The lane closures, which caused heavy traffic delays in Fort Lee, were ordered by Wildstein without notification to the public, local officials or the agency’s executive director, a New York appointee. Christie’s appointees maintain it was a traffic study; New York’s top agency official has said it was “abusive” and possibly illegal.

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