Isn’t the purpose of a traffic study to count cars; i.e., to see how many vehicles are using a particular stretch of roadway and/or intersection at any given time? If so, why would traffic be prevented from accessing the intended area of study?

Let me back up. N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is accused of encouraging appointees to cause trouble for a local mayor who didn’t support his re-election bid. On Sept. 9, 2013, the first day of school (nice touch), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey closed two of three tollbooths on the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan and limited access from streets in the borough of Fort Lee.

The result: gridlock not seen since 9/11.

When scandals occur, the general media focus on the big wigs. But they’re not the only people involved. An order is given, directly or indirectly, and travels down the chain of command to the men and women who implement it. The bridge is under the port authority’s jurisdiction; I assume those two Fort Lee roadways are not.

That means someone at the local level must have been told to close the streets leading to the bridge, whether they wanted to or not.

Which leads me to a bigger question: Have you or your department ever been directed to do something you consider illegal or unethical? Click here to answer yes or no.

Your response is anonymous, but you can also e-mail me your experiences at sjohnston@hanleywood.com.