Twenty-six hours of audio tapes of emergency worker dispatch calls from the four day span of BridgeGate were released at 8:30 AM today by the police department of Fort Lee, New Jersey. American Bridge was first in line to receive the tapes, and has posted them on our new website: BridgeGateTapes.com.
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.
An important note about these recordings: 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 were also released this morning 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.