Chris Christie Holds Marathon Press Conference; Apologizes to Ft. Lee

Published: Jan 09, 2014 19:12pm EST
By Rick Rinker, Political Editor for Konsume Politics

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 09, 2014 @ 07:43pm EST


Today Chris Christie held a marathon two hour press conference to apologize for misspeaking earlier this week when he claimed that no one in his office had knowledge of, or a hand in closing lanes of a road leading into the George Washington Bridge.

Christie said that he first heard of his office’s involvement after reading a breaking story at home the morning before. As part of his mea culpa he announced that Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, was fired.

Christie spoke and took questions for nearly two hours in which he revealed that he had not spoken to his former Deputy Chief of Staff claiming that he wasn’t interested in hearing “why” she had lied to him.

Christie seemed to shrug off a reporter’s question about Presidential 2016 polls, calling them “meaningless”, though it was bold political theatre if the Governor’s claim of ignorance is later proven untrue.

It was, by all accounts, an impressive political performance, however there are many questions that still linger.

“I am not a Bully.”

There have been numerous accounts of Christie acting bullish toward constituents at public events over the last several years including public incidents of calling people idiots, suggesting a female audience member perform fellatio and telling reporters that their questions are ‘stupid’.

The New York Times also reports a more serious incident in which Former Governor Richard Codey had his security detail revoked after calling Christie “difficult and combative.”

Moments after Christie wrapped up his press conference today David Wildstein asserted his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself while testifying in front of the New Jersey state assembly.

During the press conference, Fort Lee Mayor, Mark Sokolich, initially refused to meet with Christie claiming he “had a feeling there’s going to be another press conference, or two, or three, or twelve” surrounding this scandal.

The two eventually met after Christie went to Fort Lee anyway, the two met for 45 minutes. Outside of the mayor’s office immediately afterward the Christie meeting was described as ‘productive’.

Sokolich spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer a short while later and described Christie during their meeting as “Gracious, Apologetic and Sincere.” Sokolich indicated that he is concerned that there will be more to this issue, though stated that he “took Christie at his word” that he personally had no knowledge or involvement in the lane closures.

When asked by Wolf Blitzer about Christie’s claim that he couldn’t “pick him out of a lineup” Sokolich said he was initially surprised by Christie’s claim, but said that today’s meeting was a positive step forward in reconciling with the Governor’s office but believed that there were “many chapters not yet told” in this case.

Two of the three lanes of road leading to the George Washington Bridge, a gateway between New Jersey and upper Manhattan, were closed causing up to four-hour delays for commuters, school children and emergency vehicles.

In addition to an inquiry by the state of New Jersey CNN has reported that a credible source indicated that the FBI will assist in the traffic probe.



Comments (1)

  • Anonymous   Jan 9, 2014 @ 07:32PM
    It appear that Wildstein is trying to hide some of the extent his own guilt by pleading the 5th, today. After all he is the one that called the Port Authority officials in Fort Lee last September, telling them to close the access lanes in secret... it would seem that if he had any evidence of Governor Christy's involvement, he would have spoken told, under oath. For me, I like Christy's no nonsense, tell it like it like it is style. Jersey's a tough place and I think you've got to be tough to be a leader there... So far, I think Christy is speaking the truth. I'd say if there is real evidence of any involvement let those accusing him present it now or forever hold there peace. -

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