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Traffic jam politics possible but unlikely in Mass.

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It’s a terrible thought to consider: Could Massachusetts, too, be a victim of a politically motivated traffic jam?

In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding Governor Christopher Christie of New Jersey and realization that someone in his office closed a major bridge in an act of political retribution, concern may be creeping higher in the psyches of local commuters who may look at routine traffic delays with new skepticism: a lane closure on the Tobin Bridge or a secretly planned attempt at Bay State bureaucratic revenge?

Is it possible? Yes. Governor Deval Patrick and Highway Administrator Frank DePaola both have the power to order lanes or roadways closed, a power they have used on rare occasions in the past, such as when Patrick put in place a travel ban during last February’s blizzard.

But is it likely? Not really.

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