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Port Authority execs differ over GWB lane closings

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says he was unaware of any traffic study being undertaken when two lanes to the George Washington Bridge were shut without notice for four days in September.

Monday’s testimony by Patrick Foye contradicts earlier statements by Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni that the lane closings were for a traffic study.

Foye is an appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He testified under oath before the Assembly Transportation Committee that he was not notified of a decision to shut local-access lanes to the bridge from Fort Lee.

Foye says he reversed the decision on the fifth day following complaints of gridlock.

Baroni is an appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He wasn’t under oath when he testified two weeks ago.