A cursory review of hundreds of pages of e-mails and internal documents released Friday afternoon show that:
-After concerns were raised, Bill Baroni, a now-former top Christie appointee on the Port Authority, told his colleague Patrick Foye, an appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), that there should be “be no public discourse” about the situation. Foye responded incredulously, saying, “Bill that’s precisely the problem: there has been no public discourse on this.” Foye added that the “fiasco” needed to be fixed.
-Once the media were on the case, Baroni repeatedly asked a spokesman for the Port Authority, Steve Coleman, to ignore media requests and/or not comment.
-Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich (D) informed the Port Authority on Sept. 10 — the day after the lane closures took effect — that emergency responders in one case were forced to abandon their vehicle and respond to a call “on foot” due to traffic.