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Total gridlock’ but no injuries in NJ bridge row

Updated Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 | 12:26 a.m.

EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — A traffic jam orchestrated by members of Gov. Chris Christie's administration and responsible for days of gridlock in northern New Jersey appeared not to cause poor medical care or leave critically ill patients dying. That's according to a comprehensive review by The Associated Press of emergency dispatch audio, call logs and interviews.

The lack of life-or-death consequences reflects good fortune, not good planning. It would have been impossible for anyone involved to have predicted the gridlock wouldn't have produced serious problems for emergency-services workers. But those findings could affect the political repercussions for Christie, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

The review doesn't suggest who was ultimately responsible for ordering the two lanes closed on the George Washington Bridge.