In his press conference today N.J. Governor Chris Christie was just shocked, shocked I tell you, that his staff was capable of lying to him about their involvement in the George Washington Bridge toll lane scandal. Moving quickly to quell a widening political scandal, Christie fired one of his top aides, Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, and apologized repeatedly for the “abject stupidity” of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with a Democratic mayor.
“I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team,” the Republican governor said at an extraordinary news conference in which he patiently took questions from reporters — and answered in his typically blunt fashion — for nearly two hours.
Christie, who had previously assured the public that his staff had nothing to do with the lane closings in September that caused major backups at the George Washington Bridge, said he fired Kelly “because she lied to me” when he demanded weeks ago that anyone who knew anything about the episode come forward.
So here's the question - if Christie says he didn't know anything about the toll lane closures why was he twisting NY Governor Cuomo's arm last month in an effort to keep this story quiet? According to the Wall Street Journal ( http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230447770457925401267... ) Christie called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to complain about a Cuomo appointee's handling of a growing controversy over traffic pattern changes on the George Washington Bridge, a person familiar with the matter said.
Christie complained in a private phone call to Cuomo, that Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was pressing too hard to get to the bottom of why the number of toll lanes onto the bridge from Fort Lee, N.J. was cut from three to one in early September, according to this person. The lane closures occurred without notice to local authorities, officials have said, and snarled traffic for a week in the small borough on the Hudson River.
If your state is getting thousands of complaints for days about huge jam ups on the most traveled bridge in America, as governor wouldn't you get to the bottom of WHY it was happening (unless you knew why it was happening) and remedy the situation (unless you didn't want a remedy)? Christie is full of crap. You don't believe Christie knew about the toll closings? I have a bridge for sale.