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Damage-control scramble followed NJ lane closings

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Newly released documents show officials scrambled to control the publicity damage in the days after lane closings near the George Washington Bridge caused huge traffic jams that now appear to have been politically orchestrated by officials in Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

In emails days after the closings, the Christie-appointed chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Sampson, suggested that the director of the Port Authority leaked an internal memo on the matter to a reporter.

Sampson called it "very unfortunate for NY/NJ relations" because the director is an appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

On Thursday, Christie apologized for the closings, fired a top aide who was implicated in the scandal and cut ties with a top political adviser.

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