FORT LEE - Many people knew little about Fort Lee until the political scandal centering on Gov. Chris Christie enveloped the borough.

Now for residents of the community defined by both a feisty pride and frustration over the mixed blessings of proximity to the George Washington Bridge, the scandal is the reminder they did not need of how the bridge dictates the rhythm of everyday life.

Mayor Mark Sokolich said Thursday that residents "endure combat" each day dealing with the bridge traffic. But he says, it's been "very frustrating" to learn of allegations that Christie's top aides orchestrated a plan to clog the borough streets with traffic as a form of political payback.

The governor traveled to the borough yesterday to apologize to Mayor Sokolich and residents of the community.

AP wire services contributed to this report.