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Congress may be asked to join NY-NJ bridge probe



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state lawmaker wants Congress to investigate the agency responsible for traffic jams caused by lane closures at a bridge into New York City.

Democrats claim the gridlock was an act of retribution by loyalists of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, which he has denied.

Democratic state Sen. Loretta Weinberg of Bergen County tells The Associated Press she is readying a resolution asking Congress to investigate the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In September, two lanes from Fort Lee to the upper level of the George Washington Bridge were shut without warning at the behest of a Christie appointee, who has since resigned.

Weinberg says Congress has a role to play since it created the Port Authority and its investigative arm has previously reviewed authority operations.