WASHINGTON — A Senate subcommittee hearing on bridge and tunnel tolls turned into a battleground as state and authority officials defended rising tolls and opposed legislation sponsored by subcommittee chairman Frank Lautenberg, warning it could cripple their abilities to raise revenue and finance projects.

Words ran especially hot between Lautenberg, a Democrat from New Jersey, and Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at the hearing, which was held by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s panel on surface transportation and merchant marine infrastructure, safety and security.

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