Senate Panel May ‘Pounce’ on New Jersey Bridge Mess

Posted January 14, 2014 at 4:41pm

The Senate Commerce Committee is “ready to pounce” on the controversy surrounding September lane closures on the New Jersey end of the George Washington Bridge.

That’s what Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said of himself and the Commerce Committee’s investigative staff. Rockefeller also said there “might be” Senate hearings into the matter, which has embroiled New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie, depending on how things go.

Asked if the committee might take a broader look at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge, Rockefeller replied: “That’s a question too far right now, because the feds are all over it right now.”

“I mean, this guy in the New Jersey legislature is unbelievable,” he added, praising the work so far of Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski. The Middlesex Democrat serves as chairman of the Transportation Committee and “he’s going to be the head of the investigation in the legislature,” Rockefeller noted.

He added that he has not yet heard back from the Port Authority in response to questions that are supposed to receive a response by Wednesday.