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Report: Official knew of town’s GWB traffic woes

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Records show a northern New Jersey mayor pleaded for help in easing gridlock at the George Washington Bridge, a request made three years before two of the bridge’s approach lanes were suddenly blocked.

Citing documents it obtained from Fort Lee through a public-records request, The Record reports borough Mayor Mark Sokolich sought help in a letter sent to Bill Baroni in November 2010.

At the time, Baroni was the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s deputy executive director. But he and another Port Authority executive, David Wildstein, recently resigned their posts amid investigations into how and why the lanes were closed in September.

Democrats claim the closures were political payback for a Democratic mayor who would not endorse Gov. Chris Christie for re-election, which Christie has denied.