TRENTON – Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski, chairman of the transportation committee, agreed to extend the deadline former Port Authority executives Bill Baroni and David Wildstein to produced documents subpoenas as part of an investigation into unresolved questions surrounding the decision to close – without public notice – lanes to the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee.
“Upon consideration of the requests by the criminal law attorneys retained by Mr. Baroni and Mr. Wildstein for more time to comply with the subpoenas, I have decided to give them until Monday, Dec. 23 to respond,” said Wisniewski. “This is a reasonable courtesy extended to these newly hired criminal attorneys, but this is all the time I will allow. These subpoenas were issued six days ago and these documents should be easy to produce.”
Baroni and Wildstein recently resigned their Port Authority positions amid such questions.
Five other Port Authority officials must still be comply with subpoena requests for documents today.
Two of three eastbound Fort Lee access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were closed from Sept. 9 through Sept. 13, snarling traffic in the area. Some Democrats believe the move was political retribution because the borough’s mayor did not endorse Christie’s re-election campaign.
The governor has denied any involvement, saying that Baroni was responsible for approving Wildstein’s request for a traffic study that was not done within the protocols of the Port Authority.
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