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GWB Scandal Spurs Six Class-Action Lawsuits

One woman claims she was so distraught by traffic that it caused her to vomit.

The George Washington Bridge as seen from Fort Lee / Photo: Jim Leggate
The George Washington Bridge as seen from Fort Lee / Photo: Jim Leggate

Six Bergen County residents filed a class action lawsuit against Gov. Chris Christie and the Bridgegate players Thursday, claiming that September lane closures near the George Washington Bridge caused them undue stress.

The sextet, which is suing for an undisclosed amount, includes a then-panicked Fort Lee woman who was so agonized by snarled traffic that her husband—and co-litigant—had to pull their car over to allow the 50-year-old woman to vomit, according to stories in the Post and Daily News.

Joy and Eli Galicki, owners of a Midtown Manhattan jewelry supply business, told the Daily News that the surprise lane closures added an hour and 10 minutes to their typically 20 minute commute.

The six plaintiffs are Zachary, Joy and Eli Galicki and Elizabeth Psaltos of Fort Lee; Robert Arnold of Leonia; and Kim Joscelyn of Edgewater, the Post reported.

“This was just a reprehensible, outrageous situation caused by political motivation,” said filing attorney Rosemarie Arnold.

It was unclear if Rosemarie Arnold is related to plaintiff Robert Arnold.

The complaint is aimed at the state of New Jersey, Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly, the Port Authority and former execs David Wildstein and Bill Baroni.

Chris January 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM
Are these people kidding me??? You had to pull over and be sick because of traffic? The traffic added an extra hour to your commute so you feel it's necessary to SUE? This is so pathetic. So if there was a fatal accident instead, which caused all the traffic, would you be suing the dead person who caused it? Get a life Galicki family.

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