Chris Christie Hosts the Weirdest Presser About His Bridge Troubles (VIDEO)
Matt | On 10, Jan 2014
It could have been called “the press conference that never ended.” For New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, it’s the presser that should have happened a lot sooner about an issue that just won’t go away.
Christie finally addressed the media and larger public about the issue of “Bridge-gate” that has enveloped the early days of his second administration. Questions have mounted about whether Christie really threw a whole city of his own constituents into a week-long traffic nightmare due to a non-existent “traffic study” in Fort Lee, NJ.
Thursday’s press conference offered a whole lot of camera time for Christie, almost two hours exactly. Still the public did not get much in the way of a BELIEVABLE denial from Christie that he had nothing to do with ordering the lanes closed. Of course he denied that he had anything to do with the “traffic study” as a means for political retribution. He fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Ann Kelly, on Thursday because of her role in the situation via a public email trail with David Wildstein, a former official with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — the agency in charge of the bridge. Wildstein is also a former high school classmate of Christie’s, strangely enough.
All I know is that Christie’s ass is on fire these days. It is coming from his hopes of a 2016 presidential run going up in flames right before our eyes.
Watch the above video to see just a few minutes of the world’s most awkward press conference.
For those that might be lost in all of this bridge scandal, here’s some background on the situation:
It all started on September 9 in the town of Fort Lee that sits directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest, connects the two cities. On the first day of school for children in Fort Lee, someone decided to shut down two key lanes of the bridge for a “traffic study.” Those two lane closures caused up to four hours of traffic delays everyday that week.
After mounting criticism and confusion from local officials who were not made aware of any “study,” it was determined that there really was no study. Mr. Wildstein, the now-former Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was found to have ordered the bridge closed and cited the “study.” Further digging found that there was a chain of people, including Ms. Kelly, in the Christie Administration whose hands were dirty in this mess.
The focus on Fort Lee was believed to have come from its Mayor Mark Sokolich deciding not to endorse Christie in his November re-election bid. If that’s true, it’s just petty, petty, petty. Christie was on track to handily win the election over New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono, which he later did in November.
The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC first broke the story nationally thanks to some awesome local coverage in The Bergen Record. Since Christie has been considered as a front-runner in the 2016 race, the heat has picked up to find out just how involved Christie was in this closure.
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