Christie Looks for Way Out of Political Jam Over Bridgegate
#Bridgegate has erupted in the news and social media, and after a press conference that ran nearly two hours, there has been plenty to discuss. During that time, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie adhered to many of the tenants of crisis management, but he had a few slip-ups that are detracting from his apology.
The Republican governor needed to step in front of the cameras after text messages and emails connected officials in his administration to a purposeful, needless closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge. The result of the shutting of lanes on one of the busiest bridges in the world was that commutes normally lasting 30 minutes suddenly turned into hours-long affairs.
“I come out here today to apologize to the people of New Jersey. I apologize to the people of Fort Lee, and I apologize to the members of the state Legislature,” CBS reports Christie said. “I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. There’s no doubt in my mind that the conduct that they exhibited is completely unacceptable and showed a lack of respect for their appropriate role in government and for the people that were trusted to serve.”
Christie said he was completely unaware that the order came from his office and has fired Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff, who Christie says lied to him when he questioned her previously about the lane closures.”Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Kelly told David Wildstein, a top executive at the Port Authority, in a message on August 13.