The scandal over the closure of local Fort Lee access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last September orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie’s aides and appointees has spilled into the courts, as class-action suits are being lodged by people and businesses claiming they were damaged by the gridlock.

The suits come as the state Legislature and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are investigating the closures, which are alleged to have been political payback against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not endorsing Christie’s reelection last fall.

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