Nightly News   |  February 28, 2014

Bridge Scandal 911 Calls Reveal Nightmarish Gridlock

The George Washington Bridge scandal that ensnared New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie resulted in stuck ambulances and school buses.

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>>> as we mentioned more news tonight about the scandal that has covered the inner circle of new jersey governor chris christie . tonight bill sharpe hearing for the first time just how urgent it was for people caught up in the traffic jam connecting new york and new jersey. ambulances, school buses stuck, 911 dispatchers describing a nightmare situation. our report tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk.

>> reporter: fort lee got hours of backups at the george washington bridge , school buses , emergency vehicles and bus drivers were caught in an intentionally created, intentionally motivated traffic nightmare. today they released hours of 911 and police radio tapes from the four days that the bridge was closed.

>> the traffic is a nightmare, the gw bridge is totally grid locked.

>> we're getting calls from drivers.

>> you're aware the town is in grid lock? emergency workers struggled to get to a school bus accident.

>> brace yourself, a school bus and a car accident eastbound, just on the other side of the bridge.

>> reporter: when the mayor of fort lee complained about the traffic, christie 's now fired deputy chief of staff bridget anne kelly contacted david wildstein. is it wrong i'm smiling? i feel bad about the kids, i guess. officials said nobody's life was in danger but people had to wait. multiple members of governor christie 's staff have been suspended. but nothing so far links back to the governor directly. christie says he was in the dark until the story broke in the press. his political future may depend on whether or not the voters believe him. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york.

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