Chris Christie Says He Was ‘Misled’ on GW Bridge Closings

“What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable,” the governor said in a statement.

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 29: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie attends a statewide prayer service at the New Hope Baptist Church on the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on October 29, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion.
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Brian Resnick
Jan. 8, 2014, 11:42 a.m.

In a state­ment re­leased from Chris Christie, the New Jer­sey gov­ernor dis­tances him­self from the emer­ging scan­dal over his of­fice hav­ing or­ches­trated a traffic jam to get back at a may­or who did not en­dorse his can­did­acy.

In the state­ment, Christie said his staff misled him, and they will be held re­spons­ible.

What I’ve seen today for the first time is un­ac­cept­able. I am out­raged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a mem­ber of my staff, but this com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ate and un­sanc­tioned con­duct was made without my know­ledge. One thing is clear: this type of be­ha­vi­or is un­ac­cept­able and I will not tol­er­ate it be­cause the people of New Jer­sey de­serve bet­ter. This be­ha­vi­or is not rep­res­ent­at­ive of me or my Ad­min­is­tra­tion in any way, and people will be held re­spons­ible for their ac­tions.

For now, it’s un­clear wheth­er Christie’s hands are clean in the scan­dal, but this state­ment makes it clear that he’s stak­ing everything on the hope that no one will find evid­ence that he was in­volved. And it’s al­most  too ob­vi­ous to state that the scan­dal may come to haunt him in a pos­sible pres­id­en­tial run, as po­ten­tial at­tack-ad ma­ter­i­al emerges (such as re­ports that the res­ult­ing traffic jam slowed down a po­lice search for a miss­ing child).


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