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For the last four months, FBI agents have been questioning 11 Port Authority police officers about the Fort Lee lane closures near the George Washington Bridge that caused massive traffic jams in September 2014, according to knowledgeable sources.

The questioning was conducted in the Port Authority GWB building, a few blocks from the bridge. It is part of the federal investigation into the lane closures being conducted by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman This was the only questioning of the officers conducted by any law enforcement.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski co-chairs the legislative committee investigating the closures.

The lawyer representing the 11 Port Authority officers offered Wisniewski's committee a summary of his clients' recollections of the lane closures. His memo states that Officer Steve Pisciotta, September 10th last year "used his police radio to report that the severe traffic was creating hazardous conditions," according to Wisniewski. The officer then asked to remove the cones turning three lanes into one. His superiors, according to the memo, told him to "Shut up."

The memo also reveals that officers recalled Gov. Chris Christie's childhood friends David Wildstein, then a Port Authority executive, and police Lt. Thomas Michaels drove around Fort Lee examining the gridlocked streets.

Christie has consistently maintained he knew had no prior knowledge of the lane closures. A law firm he hired to investigate the closures said the same. That law firm cost New Jersey taxpayers $7.3 million and counting.

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