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February 3rd, 2014
08:23 PM ET

Chris Christie answering questions about bridge scandal: I knew nothing about lane closures

Washington (CNN) - Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday forcefully reiterated he knew nothing about lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last September before media reports appeared.
Christie, whose administration is under fire for suggestions top appointees orchestrated traffic jams at the foot of the bridge in Fort Lee to punish that town's mayor politically, said again that he "had nothing to do with this."

In a radio interview with New Jersey 101.5, Christie was asked to respond to a new allegation from a central figure in the scandal that "evidence exists" showing he was aware of the lane closings in real time over a work week last September, contradicting his recollection of events.

The allegation was made by David Wildstein, a former top Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who is thought to have carried out the lane closures and has been subpoenaed by a state legislative committee for all documents and other materials on the matter.

But Christie, whose comments on Monday mirrored what he expressed at a January news conference, said he asked aides to investigate once he became aware of the traffic mess.

"I was told at the time that the Port Authority was engaged in a traffic study," Christie said, again reiterating past comments on the subject. "That's what I was told at the time."

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    I remember when Cory Booker was a lowly city councilman in a fire hazard of a campaign office, dealing with Sharpe James using the Newark PD to strongarm his rallies & pull down his campaign posters... It was a young US Attorney named Chris Christie who was the only one who really had his back.

    As Captian Nate Fick once said, "I'm not looking at party identification, we're looking for pragmatic fellow travelers: smart people who are motivated by something other than ideology, who are motivated by some clear-eyed assessment, in our opinion, of what's important."

    Plus (I guess it's silly to say this as a Clinton loyalist) it's hard to conjure that the GOP frontrunner would jeopardize his presidential possibilities over something so stupid.

    So I guess the whole thing's not impossible, but definitely hard to conjure.

    February 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  2. John

    Lying presidents taught the world it is ok to lie. I guess governors can do it too!

    February 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Reply

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