Prosecutors Contend Bridgegate Plotting Began “Long Before” Bridge Lanes Were Closed provides a Bridgegate Timeline and reports, “It began long before two of three local toll lanes at the George Washington Bridge were shut to Fort Lee traffic, causing huge traffic problems over a four-day period in September 2013—and sparking a 16-month federal criminal investigation. According to prosecutors, those responsible for orchestrating the lane closures had been talking for some time about using the bridge as leverage in a plan targeting the mayor of Fort Lee over his decision not to endorse Gov. Chris Christie for re-election.”