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  •  Feds? (11+ / 0-)

    Correct me if I'm wrong, NY and NJ friends, but the George Washington Bridge connects New York and New Jersey. It therefore is an interstate transportation link that's vital to interstate commerce. This also falls under the jurisdiction, then, of the federal Department of Transportation and all the relevant committees in Congress. So...which Democratic US Senator is the chair of the relevant committee?

    Let the investigative hearings begin. If Darrell Issa can hold hearings in the House about nothing, Benghazi is a fine example, let's see how much we can make 2016 Republican frontrunner Chris Christie sweat in a Senate committee hearing.

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 09:53:01 AM PST

    •  Answering my own question (8+ / 0-)

      The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is chaired by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). The subcommittee is the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine, Infrastructure, Safety and Security which is chaired by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). Other senators on that subcommitte include Senators Boxer, Cantwell, Prior, McCaskill, Klobuchar, Begich, Blumenthal, and Schatz.

      Time to send some emails or make some phone calls, folks.

      The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

      by Korkenzieher on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 10:04:38 AM PST

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      •  Now if there had been an election or referendum (1+ / 0-)
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        going on during this time, or perhaps key state or big city public meetings where contentious topics were up for consideration and public hearings required, the delays may have been to cause likely (D) voters to be unable to get to the polls before closing, or to be unable attend key public meetings...just wild speculation. NJ residents would know best what was impacted. Maybe it was just a few sports games where NY fans couldn't get to their seats in time to claim them...

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 11:15:18 AM PST

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        •  the on ramps are in Fort Lee. hence (0+ / 0-)

          2 lanes worth of cars were sitting in Fort Lee's downtown major intersections. there are also on ramps from the NJ turnpike, which back up for miles during rush hour. closing 2 lanes means the commercial center of Fort Lee was essentially a parking lot all day.

    •  The GW Bridge is Interstate Highway 80 (1+ / 0-)
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      So yes, it is an interstate commerce issue.

      I like Marsha Blackburn on Facebook. Don't hate.

      by Benintn on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 02:13:58 PM PST

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    •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

      Yup, Dept, of Transportation should get in on this circus.  The horses on the merry go round  go up and down while the music plays. When the music stops they stop completely. Well, the music has stopped and the horses are dead in their tracks, but still ready to  be ridden again.

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