Gov. Christie says he was ‘misled’ on lane closings; CNN host calls for his resignation

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has found himself in hot water over emails and text messages indicating his office was involved in lane closings that caused major gridlocks in the heart of Fort Lee. One media pundit is even recommending the governor resign.

The correspondence obtained by The New York Times suggests the closings were retribution from Christie’s staff against Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor, who did not endorse the Republican governor’s re-election bid.

Christie’s re-election campaign hoped bipartisan mayoral support would portray the governor as a leader who could work with both parties, in preparation for a potential presidential bid in 2016, according to The Times. Christie denied any involvement or knowledge of the incident, but the highly redacted emails and text messages detailed by The Times suggest his staff was at the heart of it all.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Christie said:

“What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper led a round-table discussion Wednesday on “The Lead,” asking participants about Christie’s statement.

Tapper pointed out that instead of apologizing, Christie put the blame on others, saying he was “misled.”

“I hope that’s true,” CNN “Crossfire” host, S.E. Cupp said. “I hope that he wasn’t involved. But if he was, and if he knows that he was and this will come out later, let me lay out a scenario, if I were giving him advice that I know he won’t take: Resign now.”

If Christie resigns, his supporters will come out, and “he will be the martyr and a hero,” Cupp said, suggesting that over the next two years the governor could quietly plan a presidential bid for 2016, “and by the time the campaign rolls around, this will be done.”

“He’ll say, ‘What do you want from me? I resigned. I did what’s best for New Jersey,’” she said.

Watch the exchange beginning at the 5:30 mark via CNN:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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183 thoughts on “Gov. Christie says he was ‘misled’ on lane closings; CNN host calls for his resignation

  1. shelly-bo-belly says:

    Im not a fan of Christie one way or the other, as the election gets closer I’ll vet him myself. But I would vote for him in a minute before I’d vote for another democrat elitist who’s never had a real job and love’s spending taxpayer money to get themselves elected.

  2. Naomi Lackey says:

    I find this interesting – the first line of his comments is the same as what Obama said about the NSA debacle. He didn’t apologize, altho someone did lose their job. But, we are still waiting on ‘responsibility’ for the website & we’re long overdue for responsibility for Benghazi. I would say Christie had a good mentor.

  3. auntielib says:

    With this sobering news about the dreadful Obama Economy out today, it’s little wonder the entire Democrat Party and their stooges in the media are anxious to shift the discussion to events in New Jersey!

    “The U.S. economy added only 74,000 jobs in December, well shy of estimates and dinging hopes of a widespread jobs recovery.

    The headline unemployment rate fell to 6.7%, the lowest level in five years. But the rate fell primarily because hundreds of thousands of people left the workforce unable to find jobs, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.”

  4. Pete Zahut says:

    Christie’s presidential hopes are dashed? Whose ticket was becoming to run on? He’s alienated the right and he doesn’t stand a chance against Hilly. Besides we already have people in the White House who profess to ignorance of events until they see it on the news.
    And if Tapper is suggesting that Christie resign for this why are we not hearing his call for Obama’s resignation for Fast & Furious, Benghazi, Obama”care”, etc?

  5. gavinwca says:

    Christie and his minions thought they could kiss Baracko Clauses Azz and be as corrupt as his Administration is and get away with it. Does he not realize that only Democrats are allowed to be totally Corrupt and get away with it. I hope that if Christie is involved, he is impeached and jailed . The staff involved should go to prison.

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