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Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) will make his first public appearance at 11 AM EST on Thursday to respond to emails that show his staff was personally involved in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as part of a vendetta against Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, for not endorsing Christie in the state’s gubernatorial election.

The governor released the following statement Wednesday evening:

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.

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