I know there are other threads about the fiasco and I’ve read most of them but I haven’t seen one question addressed. Assuming the closing of the lanes was intended as some sort of punishment/retaliation - what is the logic? How is closing the lanes punishing the mayor or legislators or whoever? Yes, the local drivers will get mad but the mayor has a simple out - “I didn’t know anything about it, wasn’t consulted and have no control over the Port Authority. I WILL, however, find out who was behind this outrage and demand answers for my constituents”.
As political retaliation this doesn’t seem to have been though through very well. “We’re going to cause traffic jams in your town/district because you won’t get on board” So, what? Pulling funding, canceling a project? That makes sense. Creating a massive traffic jam - not so much.