Twenty-six hours of audio tape of emergency worker dispatch calls from Fort Lee, New Jersey, will be released on Friday. These tapes cover the four day span during the BridgeGate scandal in which some lanes onto the George Washington Bridge were closed in Fort Lee, leading to massive traffic problems throughout the region. The audio from these tapes may provide a window into the burden local law enforcement and emergency response workers shouldered while Christie's administration sought to penalize a political foe of the Governor.

Christie has repeatedly claimed he knew nothing of the lane closures while they were happening, yet his public statements about this timeline have been inconsistent and imprecise, and official investigations continue into what he knew about this scandal and when.

Personal information included in these dispatch tapes was redacted by the Fort Lee police department, and American Bridge is posting the tapes as we have received them. Recordings are also being released on Friday of Fort Lee 911 calls from the same period. We will only post portions of the 911 tapes if we identify a recording specifically relevant to the lane closures.

Highlights:

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Fort Lee Access Lane Closures Delayed Emergency Responders From “Attending To Four Medical Situations” Due To Traffic Gridlock. According to the Bergen County Record, “Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations – including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious – due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to the head of the borough’s EMS department. The woman later died, borough records show.” [Bergen County Record, 1/8/14]

Emergency Responder Response Times Doubled In At Least Two Instances Due To Gridlock Caused By Lane Closures. According to the Bergen County Record, “In at least two of those instances, response time doubled, noted EMS coordinator Paul Favia, who documented those cases in a Sept. 10 letter to Mayor Mark Sokolich, which The Record obtained.” [Bergen County Record, 1/8/14]

Emergency Responders Were Delayed In Responding To An Unconscious 91 Year Old Woman Who Later Died, Along With A Vehicular Accident That Injured Four People And An Individual Suffering From Chest Pains. According to the Bergen County Record, “On Sept. 9, the first day of the traffic paralysis, EMS crews took seven to nine minutes to arrive at the scene of a vehicle accident where four people were injured, when the response time should have been less than four minutes, he wrote. It also took EMS seven minutes to reach an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died of cardiac arrest at a hospital. Although he did not say her death was directly caused by the delays, Favia noted that ‘paramedics were delayed due to heavy traffic on Fort Lee Road and had to meet the ambulance en-route to the hospital instead of on the scene.’ Emergency responders also were late in getting to a third medical emergency that first morning of the lane closures. It took Favia nearly an hour to arrive at a building where a person was experiencing chest pains ‘due to standstill traffic on Route 46 East. The Mutual Aid ambulance coming from Palisades Park and paramedics coming out of Leonia were also delayed due to the excessive traffic,’ he wrote.” [Bergen County Record, 1/8/14]