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September 16, 2014

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Officers: Boss told us to keep quiet about bridge

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 | 4:27 p.m.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A summary provided to a legislative panel investigating lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last September says police officers warned superiors about the hazardous conditions created and were told not to talk about it on their radios.

Attorney Dan Bibb works for the union representing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officers. He relayed information from three officers who say they were told about the traffic change by a lieutenant who ordered them not to move traffic cones blocking the lanes.

The lane closures apparently were ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie's aides as political payback against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee. Christie says he didn't know anything about it.

Investigators are looking into who approved closing the lanes in Fort Lee, causing four days of massive traffic jams.