Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

White House Hopeful Christie ‘Humiliated’ By Bridge Scandal

White House Hopeful Christie ‘Humiliated’ By Bridge Scandal

New York (AFP) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s U.S. presidential ambitions ran into a jam when he was forced to admit his staff lied to him about their role in blocking commuter traffic onto a major bridge.

Christie, a larger-than-life Republican seen as a frontrunner for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination, said he had been “embarrassed and humiliated” by the alleged dirty tricks.

In a marathon news conference, Christie repeatedly apologized for his office’s connection to the shutting down in September of local access lanes onto the heavily-traveled George Washington Bridge, which links New Jersey to New York.

The lane closures caused massive traffic disruption for four days in the New Jersey town of Fort Lee, allegedly to punish the local mayor, who did not endorse Christie’s successful re-election bid.

Christie insisted he had been unaware of any political motive behind the action until the release of emails from his aides on Wednesday and moved quickly to sack a senior assistant.

“I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution,” a chastened Christie told reporters. “I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team.

“I’ve terminated the employment of Bridget Kelly, effective immediately. I terminated her employment because she lied to me,” he added, referring to his deputy chief of staff.

At times humbled and somber, at times showing signs of his usual bombastic style, Christie branded Kelly “stupid” and “deceitful” for her role in an apparent act of petty political retribution.

With his office bracing for an inquiry into the scandal by federal prosecutors, Christie fell back on the blunt stance that has won him admirers in U.S. politics beyond his regional fiefdom.

“I have absolutely nothing to hide,” he said, adding that he will instruct staff to “cooperate and answer questions.”

Christie then went to Fort Lee to apologize “face to face” to its Democratic mayor Mark Sokolich, who apparently drew the wrath of Christie aides over his refusal to back the governor last year.

The governor called the meeting “very good and productive,” while Sokolich told CNN he felt Christie had given him a “sincere apology.”

Christie said he felt “blindsided” Wednesday when he learned of the communications between Kelly and a top Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Wildstein.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Kelly wrote to Wildstein, a high school acquaintance of Christie, on August 13.

“Got it,” Wildstein replied.

The Fort Lee mayor was not advised the lanes would be closed for what was said to be a traffic study. The resulting chaos ensnared millions of commuters as well as some emergency responders.

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2014 The National Memo
  • daniel bostdorf

    He’s not humiliated at all. Bullies and narcissist like him don’t have that emotion.

    he got caught…next he’ll dop a Chuck Kolson and claim he found Jesus and has repented…

    Christie is rotted from the head to his mouth.

    “A fish rots from the head down.” sic the head of the fish rots and the body soon follows.

    A fish rots from the head down meaning:
    When an organization or state fails, it is the leadership that is the root cause.

    “The top leader’s job is to create the right internal climate for the
    organization. Organizational climate embodies the intangible feelings
    your people have about your organization. Research going back more than
    30 years shows that you can measure a wide variety of attitudes of your
    workers, from job overload, to job satisfaction, to teamwork
    orientation. This area could be more accurately thought of as
    psychological climate since it really refers to the attitudes and
    psychology of the people in your company….You can’t directly control the attitudes of everyone under you. But if you accept the fact that you are responsible, regardless, then you can focus on creating a desirable organizational climate.”

    Christie created the climate that allowed for this to happen. Period. He should resign.

    The environment was created for Bridget Kelly & operatives/staff to even begin to think that this dirty tricks behavior was acceptible. Nixon created this environment and we got The Plumbers Unit, Watergate, break ins at Elsbergs psychiatrists office, secret war in Cambodia by kissenger and many dozens of other political tactics used against enemies…and then the lies and

    The actions by Bridget Kelly exemplifies what I have been saying (at
    other posts at NM) about others in positions of power unchecked.
    Individuals or group mindset engage in immoral and unethical conduct to
    achieve a perceived success at tackling a problem ie “The ends justifies the means” being utilized….whether it be intentionally creating traffic on a bridge to get political retribution to NSA potentually violating the Constitution and Bill of Rights in the name of
    “national security.”

    “The ends NEVER justifies the means.” Thousands upon thousands of examples abound throughout recent history.

    More about The ends do not justify the means here :

  • FT66

    Christie allowed people be punished for nothing. He punished even the young ones who know nothing about voting. Also visitors from different countries who do not vote at all. If this is proved to be true. The man will be finished and must be punished as well.

  • ExVariable

    I think we can all agree that Barack Obama is dangerously delusional.