NJ Gov. Christie fires aide, says he knew nothing about creating traffic jams to punish mayor

  • Article by: ANGELA DELLI SANTI , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 6:55 PM

TRENTON, N.J. — Republican Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides on Thursday and apologized repeatedly for his staff's "stupid" behavior, insisting during a nearly two-hour news conference that he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams as part of a political vendetta against a Democratic mayor.

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fasJan. 9, 14 6:01 AM

Mr.Cristie claims he knew nothing about the actions of Bridget Kelly and David Wildstein. The question remains, why did Ms. Kelly and Mr. Wildstein abruptly resign? This doesn't pass the smell test.

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jim4848Jan. 9, 14 6:29 AM

Well I a believer when Republicans say Government can't be trusted. Seems every time they get elected they prove it.

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circleoflifeJan. 9, 14 7:44 AM

The way I figure it, Mr Cristie not being aware of this falls in line with Obama always finding things out thru the media. Either Cristie is telling the truth or he's just taking a play out of the Democrat playbook.

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sanddogsnarlJan. 9, 14 7:52 AM

"Mr.Cristie claims he knew nothing about the actions of Bridget Kelly and David Wildstein. The question remains, why did Ms. Kelly and Mr. Wildstein abruptly resign? This doesn't pass the smell test." - fas

There really isn't much question as to why they abruptly resigned -- given the circumstances, there was no choice -- but what light does this shine on two other important questions concerning Christie's qualifications?: 1) Is this caliber of the people he is picking for important and influential positions in his government? 2) Is this the 'ethical' mindset -- the blueprint for conducting governmental and political matters -- that he looks for, communicates, or tacitly authorizes for such people?

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dogmanJan. 9, 14 8:03 AM

Christie always was considered to be petty and vindictive.. this amateuristic clown show cements his reputation

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peoplewatchrJan. 9, 14 8:10 AM

This is no different than how the IRS targeted tea party groups. Both the Dems and Repubs need to clean up their acts.

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jgmanciniJan. 9, 14 8:22 AM

"The way I figure it, Mr Cristie not being aware of this falls in line with Obama always finding things out thru the media. Either Cristie is telling the truth or he's just taking a play out of the Democrat playbook."--------The new Republican motto: "Working hard to be as bad as or worse than the the other side." Good luck with that!

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joe_mnJan. 9, 1410:28 AM

I am responsible. Wow, big statement. But I won't resign. So, it means, what?

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Packman_1Jan. 9, 1410:33 AM

"This is no different than how the IRS targeted tea party groups".......Say what? The IRS targeted Dem groups as well. I must have missed the part of the article where it described arranging traffic jams in a city run by a republican...

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rlundl02Jan. 9, 1410:33 AM

joe_mn: I don't think Christie needs to resign. This is just dumb move on the part of his underlings. Nothing bad happened. An apology should be enough.

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