Christie Fires Top Staffer-Apologizes For Traffic Fiasco

Former Christie aide Bridget Ann Kelly with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Pic courtesy of

Former Christie aide Bridget Ann Kelly with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Pic courtesy of

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wasted no time in offering a full apology today, while firing the staffer who sent the telltale email that started the ‘traffic jam’ scandal.  During the lengthy apology and subsequent press conference, which, curiously was carried in its entirety by CNN, Christie said, among many other things:

“I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team,” “I also need to apologize for my failure as the governor of this state to understand the true nature of this problem sooner.”

He said he’d fired deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly effective immediately. “I’ve terminated her employment because she lied to me.”

You all know the story, Bridget Anne Kelly was Chris Christie’s top aide, the same aide who exchanged text messages  with Former Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni David Wildstein a member of the Port Authority to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in order to punish Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich for refusing to endorse Christie during his re-election.

Christie said his staff was indeed as tight-knit as advertised, and that he was “heartbroken” someone had betrayed that trust. “I would never have come out here … and made a joke about these lane closures if I had ever had any inkling that anyone on my staff would have been so stupid.”

Christie also said he’d instructed his two-time campaign manager, Bill Stepien, to withdraw his nomination to lead the New Jersey Republican Party, and to drop his contract advising the Republican Governor’s Association. “Bill has been one of my closest advisers,” he said. But “I can never allow personal feelings or longstanding relationships to get in the way of doing my job.” Both moves were reported minutes before the announcement by the New York Post.

Thanks to Newser for story contributions.

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2 Responses to Christie Fires Top Staffer-Apologizes For Traffic Fiasco

  1. Michael John Scott

    January 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    This press conference went on for 108 minutes and CNN covered every second of it, uninterrupted. Is his potential presidential run really that important? Was there nothing going on in the world that could be more important? WTF?

  2. Bill Formby

    January 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    This guy is turning out to be nothing more than another political jerk.