In a prepared statement today, Governor Chris Christie appeared before cameras and apologized for his “failure at the governor of this state to understand the true nature of this problem sooner.” Christie still denied any knowledge or involvement in what is being called “Bridge-gate”, the organized effort by Christie staffers, and Christie employees to stop commuter traffic for about a week. The traffic snarls slowed response times of emergency services and kept children from getting to school on time.
This morning Christie fired Bridget Anne Kelly, one of his top aides in the present administration, calling her actions ‘stupid” and “not acceptable”. Additionally, Christie sought to distance himself from his former campaign manager, telling reporters that Bill Stepien will not be offered the New Jersey GOP Party Chairman position.
Christie said he asked the rest of his staff this morning to come clean with him, and if there were no more forthcoming admissions of complicity in the organized plot to stuff up traffic leading into New York City, he would go out before reporters and say that no one else from his office is involved. However, the authors of several texts and e-mails have not been publicly identified.
Christie apologized for the actions of other people several times, making sure to tell people that he will apologize to the mayor of Fort Lee in person. “People need to see me do that,” Christie said.
[box type=”shadow”]”I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue in its planning or its execution and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover this was handled in a callous and indifferent way, and it is not the way this administration has conducted itself over the last four years, and not the way it will conduct itself over the next four. Um, I will do everything within my power to assure the people of New Jersey that and I thank them for their willingness to consider my apology on behalf of this government. In the end, I have 65,000 people working for me every day and I cannot know what each one of them is doing at every minute. But that doesn’t matter. I’m ultimately responsible for what they do. And that’s why I took this action.”[/box]
Watch Gov. Christie throw people under the bus here.
Also be sure to check out Jon Stewart’s hilarious take on Bridge-gate here.