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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  • matism

    Fat Boy lies. But then he hugged the Muslim in Chief, so all must be forgiven!

    • rabrooks

      Lies are unnecessary! He kissed the ring! So no-way would he go against HC in’16. Most grandiose delusions surface, and are culled out during a candidates’ (preferably long)history in politics. It’s just his time. Scandal? How many people/soldiers died? How many border patrol agents were killed by weapons that he allowed to go to mexican cartels? Were economies smashed? How many folks were kicked off of their “health-care” packages? In that light, not much to see here, move along…move along…..

      • Richard F

        Oh I thought you were talking about the lies of the Iraqi war of NO mass destruction, that cost us over $1 Trillion dollars and counting. Plus not only killed 4K soldiers AND caused over 1 million Iraqi civilian casualties. Or the attack of our HOMELAND on 911 or how the banks went belly up like his fathers S&L crisis back in 88. That caused our economy to crash.. never mind.

        • Jeff Simon

          Hey, RichardF? Has anyone ever mentioned how similar your writing style is to EliseR’s? I only noticed because your posts appear so close together when you start congratulating each other on how clever you think the other is. In fact, if I were am bletting man….

          • EliseR

            You aren’t a bletting man? It makes sense that reasonable arguments sound the same.

          • Combat Veteran Seabee

            Or lies!!!!!!

        • JustTheFactsMa’am

          It’s a shame no one else bothers to point this out. And GW’s dad as a Saudi ass-kisser, and the entire money-wasting, soldier-killing fiasco was over oil money.

        • Aaron Barnes

          WMD was not the only main reason we went into Iraq

  • Funkmaster5000

    Christie is toast.

    • matism

      No. More like donuts. Not enough calories in mere “toast” for him to keep his youthful figure…

      • EliseR

        That’s it… Fat jokes show just how smart you are.

        • matism

          Fat Boy ain’t no joke. Sewage, yes. Joke? Not hardly.

        • Funkmaster5000

          Your comment shows just what a dried up, humorless prig you are.

          • EliseR

            Defending fat jokes just shows what an immature little bully you are. You probably teach your kids it’s OK to make fun of people for their looks. Pathetic.

          • Funkmaster5000

            I teach my kids to stay away from dried up old failures like you.

          • Steve Harmon

            Wow, maybe you shouldn’t be teaching your kids at all, lots of hate in you.

          • Funkmaster5000

            Wow, maybe you should go sit on a banana and worry about your own kids.

          • Steve Harmon

            Hey, just trying to help, you need it. On second thought, you’re right, I have no place trying to tell you how not to “F” up your kids lives, enjoy your little haters.

          • Funkmaster5000

            Sure thing. Now, why don’t you go out back and blow off some rounds with your assault rifle? You can pretend you’re shooting at all of your enemies. Try to work off a little of that steam building up inside of you.

          • Steve Harmon

            What, in your small mind, is an “assault rifle”? Good idea though, I’ll go outside (cause I live in the mountains on 10 acres) and send some of my AK 74 rounds down range, thanks. That avatar is actually me with my Saiga 12 shotgun. Fun shooting 12ga semiauto 00 buck. Tears sh*t up. Get some!!!!

          • Funkmaster5000

            Sounds like fun.

          • Steve Harmon

            You have no idea, great fun. 5.45×39 for $0.16/rd delivered is cheaper than 9mm and $0.45/rd for 12ga 00 buck is just a kick in the a** to shoot. Fun? He*l yeah!!!!!!

          • Funkmaster5000

            I went to a range once with a friend who owns a bunch of rifles. He had a lot of cool vintage WWII stuff, including some kind of Russian sniper rifle. It was a lot of fun. But I live in NYC, it’s not like I can stroll over to Central Park and just start blasting away.

          • Steve Harmon

            Well, you could, for a little while, ha ha.

            Just another “Bitter Clinger”. USS Thomas A. Edison SSBN610 bubble headed boomer.

          • Funkmaster5000

            Yup.

          • DocHollywood_2

            My favorite WWII weapon is the M-1 especially when the clip “sings” at the end of every five rounds.

          • Aaron Barnes

            yea but not as fun than having your srg say we need to get rid of these rounds before we can leave and using your 249 machine gun to get it done, talk about spitting bullets now that was fun shooting 200 rounds in less than 30s, get some, hooah

          • Steve Harmon

            Oh man, I’m envious, we didn’t get any trigger time on my Submarine, ha ha.

          • Aaron Barnes

            u serve on a sub, so u were in a big long shaft fulled with seamen, lol.

          • Steve Harmon

            You left out black, and yes I did, ha ha. Thanks Aaron, that brought back a memory and a laugh.

          • Aaron Barnes

            i was in the army but my whole family been in every branch, had a cousin in navy and my mom’s dad was in the navy during wwii fought in the pacific, another cousin in army, my dad was too and his dad and brother was in the AF and my sister ex was a jarhead

          • Steve Harmon

            Thank God, Aaron, for families such as yours, I have a similar heritage. Those brave men and women made sure that you and I were able to have conversations on line with those we find completely against all that we hold dear.

          • Aaron Barnes

            yup and these civilians and liberal media had no clue about what really going on over there, many of these soldiers who were killed was because of R.O.E, one of my friend who in the corp told me a story about one of his platoons were on patrol and came under firing by terrorist hiding in a Muslim church and the platoon couldnt return fire because rules of engagement they had to wait for a Iraqi platoon to show up and clear the church. and people need to understand that those people were fighting are not dumb, they’re smart and creative they are making bombs out of washing machines and more, they are stripping bombs on women and children and those civilians who are being killed by airstrikes are not that innocent many are there by choice so the AF wont launch a strike against the building were terrorist are or piling up weapons because the Af fears the media backlash, which so far is working. People need to understand that civilians are going to die in war, they have since the first war and it not going to change.

        • Dave Kube

          rediculous…

          • Richard F

            Elise is right on.

          • Dave Kube

            comical…

          • EliseR

            Now your spelling… THAT’s a joke.

          • Dave Kube

            droll…

      • Funkmaster5000

        French toast?

        • matism

          Only if there be enough sugar and sweets on it!

    • Herman Vogel

      Not as long as the press in on his side,,,I saw that they are already trying to make this look like “No big deal” even though a woman DIED waiting for EMS that couldn’t get through. Why no outcry about that,,,or was she just some “Old White Woman”?

      • babbott

        She didn’t die waiting on EMS. She was taken to the hospital and died later.

        • Herman Vogel

          OK, a 3 hr wait didn’t have anything to do with her death? Waiting or at the Hospital,,,she died and the wait was part of the cause!!!

          • babbott

            I don’t know that she had a 3-hour wait, and you don’t know whether the wait had anything to do with her death. People die from heart attacks all the time. But I was commenting on your false statement that “even though a woman DIED waiting for EMS that couldn’t get through.” She did not die while waiting for EMS. She was taken to the hospital and was alive when she arrived. Her death had nothing to do with EMS

          • Aaron Barnes

            well my question is why in the hell did she wait for 3 hrs for Ems to get there after 15 or 30s min and the ems not there i would have got in my car or tried to get someone to drive me to the ER i wouldnt be waiting for it for 3 hrs.

          • babbott

            If you will read the articles, they didn’t wait 3 hours for EMS. The town’s first responders reached her house in seven minutes, she already appeared dead, they tried to revive her, and she was taken to the hospital where she was officially declared dead. She was 91 years old, and her daughter said the traffic jam was not a factor in her death.

          • Aaron Barnes

            then why are the lib and the media reporting it then

          • babbott

            Who knows? But the libs and media are always looking for something to complain about and attack someone over.

          • Aaron Barnes

            yea and stretch the truth about or turn it around, if Obama was white or republican the libs and the media will be screaming for his removal

          • beeta

            A 10 minute can be the difference in life or death… where have you been? In the conditions this person was in 3 hours could have meant life or death and it probably meant death… If care is not given in most cases immediately it is a sure death… Sounds to me like this is one since the person died… I am tired of polititians playing God with Politics…This is something he needs to be hung on if it happened the way they say and he did this for revenge.. NO life is worth a mans career.. Just ask their family!

          • Herman Vogel

            Think the whole thing is a set up to make Christie look good. Leaked to the press, Conveniently, then throw someone under the bus so he will look better in 2016. Sorry if I sound like a pessimist BUT I have been around too long I guess. I just wish Obummer would to the same with the IRS, NSA, DOJ, etc.

          • Combat Veteran Seabee

            No, he’s the only challenge to the liberal lefts darling hillary “What does it matter now!” clinton as he was beating her in the polls, so the smear tactics begin, remember Allan West, and who was that other republican? This is just the lefts SOP!

          • Combat Veteran Seabee

            EMS, Hmmm Emergency Medical Service! Hmmm, must have some qualifications in lets just say, CPR, and on and on and on.
            I work in a hospital, worked in the ER for 8 yrs. and I noticed a very funny trend, old people die, we all die, it called the way out, and the only way out. It happens, and you can’t blame this on anything because you are not qualified to do so, as nor am I! Hey, I’m 61 and I am currently fighting lung cancer, but I hold no illusions about my own death, I accept it as a fact of life!
            By the way, Christie fired the person responsible, who exactly has oblowhole fired? Nobody!!!! He gives them promotions

          • Jenni

            Her daughter says it was her time to go anyway. She has no problem with it, so why should you.

          • Herman Vogel

            It could have been anyone,,,maybe YOU or one of your kids,,,Whether it was an old person or not…This should NOT have happened. Suppose YOU were in an accident, bleeding and some MORON closed the bridge for Political reasons…That’s OK too? Geez, he should step down,,he knew, they knew and the whole bunch is Corrupt.

          • Jenni

            I was just responding to you when you said that the closing of the bridge was part of the cause of her death. According to reports I have heard it was not. You are correct however, when you say that it was wrong for these MORONS to play political games that may have cause someones death..

          • Combat Veteran Seabee

            And you are the medical examiner confirming this suspicion with that medical degree of yours in anatomical pathology and Medical Science?

          • fideux

            Get used to stories like that with Obamacare! They will be commonplace! For his “turning of the healthcare system on it’s ear”, Obama and anyone who voted for it should be behind bars! If our healthcare system was broken before, what do they call it now? (other than un repairable)

          • Herman Vogel

            Thugs are thugs,,,”R” or “D”…sadly. We need to uproot the Old Guard and be done with it. They have gone to seed and need to be replaced. congress should NEVER have been a Career, just an opportunity to Serve like the founding fathers intended.

        • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

          If she had gotten there sooner she might not have died.

          • babbott

            The EMS in Fort Lee say they reached her house in 7 minutes and tried to revive her but she was already dead. They also say they tried to revive her again in the ambulance on the way to the hospital with no response. She was taken to the hospital where she was officially announced dead.

            Her family said she was 91 years old and it had nothing to do with the EMS response time. It was just her time to go.

          • Combat Veteran Seabee

            And you know this how?

      • Steve Harmon

        “The press is on his side” ha ha ha ha, what a joke. Your proof that he lied comes from where?

        • Herman Vogel

          I am retired, Have LOTS of time on my hands to call people I have met over the years all over the country. Called a friend in Trenton. She says the whole thing looks odd. They knew earlier, said nothing and now all over the place. The lady he fired is a childhood friend, odd. He knew her and she knew what he would do or not do. Strange. Just going by what She said on the phone…sorry.

          • Steve Harmon

            Hey Herman, I too am retired but will, with all due respect, wait for physical proof. I’ve had, so called, “childhood friends” that have betrayed me. I’ll wait.

          • Herman Vogel

            When you put your life in a friend’s hands, no one is coming to help and it’s only you and your friend…you trust them. We served 65-69… ;)

          • Combat Veteran Seabee

            65-69 is very different from now. That is Brothers in Arms, a whole different type of friendship! You of all people should know and recognize that fact!
            71-73, 82-88, 91-95, and a volunteer combat instructor from 00-05
            look up Oct. 23, 1983, I was under that mess!

    • Bruno Williams

      Yeah, but he’ll resurrect from the burnt crumbs.

    • http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com aconservativeteacher

      No he’s not. The media likes him, so they’ll hurt him only enough to hurt the Republican brand and then pull back. They’ll probably back him in the primary and then turn viciously on him in the general election.

  • Richard F

    Well it doesn’t look well for Christie, then Rand Paul has his own issues, Marco Rubio had some dumb speech yesterday and Ted Cruz was born and still has his Canadian citizenship. Looking better everyday, unless you want to pull a Benghazi out of her a##, but wait, Bush had 13 Bengahzi’s and 911 that attacked our HOMELAND. LOL – Ladies and Gentleman – 8 more years of Hillary and the Democratic Party – YAY!!!!

    • EliseR

      Republicans eating their own. Now they can run more nut jobs for president once they get rid of the guy who won an election with a platform of compromise. Looks like the democrats will win again.

      • Richard F

        That’s right EliseR, stick to your “guns” :) These conservatives know they have a thin crowd to choose from. Who else Jeb Bush!?! LOL or Donald Trump!?! LMAO Enjoy your day, I’m off to work! :)

        • Dave Kube

          moronic…

          • Richard F

            I have to agree, that’s who is left on the right! LOL

      • Dave Kube

        pathetic…

      • beeta

        There is no bigger NUT and criminal ever in this country than Obama… The Repubs do not stoop to the lows the Dems do. we hold our people to a higher standard than you do..We expect more for our nation . Look at the lies , theft and criminal acts and laws Obama Has committed against America and you people approve of it not for the good of AMERICA but for the DEM party. Your heads are screwed on azzbackwards… We don’t eat our own we hold our candidates to a higher standard and we do not shut our eyes when they break our laws, go against our constitution and flat out tell lies to get a man in the WH. In other words if you can understand this… WE hold people to a higher standard… Christie dose not meet that Higher standard… He is a typical Democrap!

        • EliseR

          What standard are you holding Trey Radel to?

      • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

        Your nutty party put BHO in office. You are all collaborators to free America’s destruction. More people live in poverty, are on welfare and food stamps than ever before and thanks to the ACA vast numbers are losing good jobs. Your paid troll job is save.

        • EliseR

          The majority of American voters put Obama in office– twice. He had to have more than just democrats to win. People crossed party lines because the republican candidates were so horrible.

          • Jenni

            The people didn’t put him in office, the rigged computers did.

          • EliseR

            You keep telling yourself that.

          • Combat Veteran Seabee

            Look up the undeniable numbers that can’t possibly happen, more votes than the number of registered voters in many districts, all over America. You need to learn math as it is the only truth, obama is a lie, plain and simple!

          • Combat Veteran Seabee

            Fraud put him into office, and you know it!

          • shelly-bo-belly

            Voter fraud, illegals, people on the dole, and disallusioned collge kids put Obama in office.

    • Dave Kube

      twittiful…

      • Richard F

        ^Phew

    • beeta

      Matters not both parents are American citizens . He is an American citizen … Obama is not so what is your problem.. Go check out Obama.. I am sure you have but you as all DEMS are in denial… Check this out. http://www.thepowerhour.com/news4/obama_kenyan_birth_certificate.htm

      • EliseR

        Ted Cruz’s father was not a U.S. citizen when Ted was born. Ted has American citizenship through his mother, but he is also a citizen of Canada.

        And once again, if the powerhour is your website, you desperately need a proofreader and a web designer.

        • Doug

          Ted is a great candidate. He was educated at Princeton and Harvard the two finest educational institutions in the U.S. He wisely disdained inferior schools in Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee.

          • Richard F

            LOL,, So what he is still the son of a Canadian and born in Canada and still a CITIZEN of Canada. LOL This is going to BITE REAL HARD! LOL

        • Richard F

          OUCH! LOL

        • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

          BHO’s father wasn’t American any more than he is. He also lied about never being called another name – Barry Soertero!

          • EliseR

            When did Obama ever claim his father was an American citizen?

        • shelly-bo-belly

          Why dont you stick to the topic. Ted Cruz has nothing to do with the discussion.

          • EliseR

            I did not bring up Ted Cruz. I was responding to another comment. At least try to follow along if you want to appoint yourself as a moderator.

      • rhonan

        I don’t understand your logic. If Cruz can be born to an American mother in Canada and be a natural born citizen, why would it matter where Obama was born if his mother was also a citizen?

        BTW – Ted Cruz is still a Canadian born son of a Cuban Communist.

        • Richard F

          Don’t forget still a citizen!

          • quercus454

            Yes a citizen with duel citizenship and one that is not natural born.

          • rhonan

            True, unlike Obama, Cruz does hold citizenship in another country.

      • quercus454

        Totally incorrect. First Cruz was born in Canada and his father was not a US citizen at the time of his birth. Your playing the same game the Obama fawners do. To he** with the Constitution, so long as it is your guy.
        FYI, I like Cruz, but he doesn’t pass Constitutional muster.

  • Y K

    Why is it that so many people think that there are “some politicians” who are not [at some level] corrupt, duplicitous and self-serving – they ALL ARE and if you think differently you’re a FOOL.

    NONE of them can be trusted, EVERYTHING they say and do must be scrutinized and VERIFIED [and] they must be closely watched at all times.

    • beeta

      The problem with our country now is people vote for their best interest like welfare and not what is good for America. Obama promised to take care of them from the cradle to the grave…I think those that were holding on to his lies are seeing them for what they were… LIES. At least for the middleclass. Obama has destroyed the middleclass.. Low pay , no jobs, and high ins and fines they cannot pay. But it is to late for them now. They got what they voted for. Anyone that could not see through Obama are just plain stupid and leaches.. It is all about themselves and not about the good of our Country… They live in the here and now and to hell with what HAppens to the once greatest nation on earth.. Going to hell in a hand basket!!!

  • kickyourace

    The problem is then we are left with the Lt. Governor that seems to sign bogus federal election cerification forms.

    • Doug

      Nobody resigns. Everybody just rides things out until they go away.

  • Herman Vogel

    If one of his “top aid” did it,,,HE knew…and should step down “for the good of the people”.

  • acers2

    IF, Christie, knew about this mess, he needs his butt kicked. Not only a stupid idea (no matter who done it) it was an idea that could of been life threatening to others. Politicians, have gone off the rails.

  • Jim Hasak

    If he wants quick forgiveness, he should just become a Democrat.

    • EliseR

      Tell that to Trey Radel.

    • shelly-bo-belly

      Hahhaaaa…good one

  • Chuck Burns

    Oh my! Christie was misled. He is beginning to sound like a fat white Obama, it’s everybody and anybody but me. I didn’t know, I wasn’t there, I heard about from the news, I learned about it the same time the public did.

    • Doug

      It’s the way they all get out of everything.

  • Gradivus

    Democrat political administrations routinely do things to punish communities that don’t support their candidates. They just keep better control over their emails. Christie’s office was just more blatant and obvious in its mean-spirited, despicable vendetta-politics.