Howard-Fadul, 55, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was one of the
motorists ensnared in last September's epic tie-up. She and others
joined political activists on Tuesday to call for Christie's
resignation — if he played a role in the traffic fiasco.
"You're the head chief, you're the captain of the ship," said
Howard-Fadul, a writer who got stuck on her way home after receiving
injections to treat an eye condition for partial blindness.
Federal prosecutors and the Democratic-controlled state legislature
have opened probes into the incident last September, in which top
aides to Christie ordered the closure of access lanes to the heavily
trafficked George Washington Bridge, which spans the Hudson between
New Jersey and Manhattan, triggering the jam.
Christie, seen as a leading contender for the Republican
presidential nomination in 2016, has said repeatedly he was unaware
of his aides' actions. They came amidst Christie's campaign for
reelection, after the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, on the New
Jersey side of the bridge, declined to endorse him.
Last month, after a landslide reelection victory, Christie fired his
deputy chief of staff and severed ties with a longtime political
adviser in connection with the lane closures.
On Tuesday, the small band of protesters and motorists assembled in
a snow-covered park overlooking the bridge, wielding a petition with
14,000 signatures, calling for Christie to step down, if
investigators find he knew about the apparent payback plan that
paralyzed Fort Lee for four days.
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Among those in attendance was New Jersey resident Corey Teague,
whose Washington-based Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a left
leaning political action group, helped organize the noon rally.
"The role of government is to help the people, but last September
the Christie Administration used government to attack people,"
Christie's office did not immediately respond to a request for
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Gunna Dickson)
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