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Federal prosecutor reviewing N.J. bridge lane shutdowns

The George Washington Bridge toll booths in Fort Lee, N.J.
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The George Washington Bridge toll booths in Fort Lee, N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The US attorney in New Jersey says he is investigating the shutdown of highway lanes that may have been closed by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration for political retribution.

A spokeswoman for US Attorney Paul Fishman says in a statement that the Port Authority’s inspector general referred the matter to Fishman’s office.

Fishman says in a statement that his office is ‘‘reviewing the matter to determine whether a federal law was implicated.’’

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Christie has apologized and says he was ‘‘embarrassed and humiliated’’ by his staff but had no idea his aides may have closed highway lanes to exact political retribution.