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Investigations of wrong-doing are rising faster than orange cones on Bridge to Fort Lee, but Governor Chris Christie keeps insisting that there's nothing to see, that he knows nothing, and that he's already fired those responsible. But the emails and text messages released so far paint a very different picture of Christie's closest associates as they dealt with criticism over the closure of the George Washington Bridge.
The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better. Much better.
I am the governor and I am ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch - both good and bad.
And without a doubt we will cooperate with all appropriate enquiries to ensure that this breach of trust does not happen again.But I also want to assure the people of New Jersey today that what has occurred does not define us, or our state.
~ Chris Christie quoted by CBS News
Shorter Chris Christie "Catch me if you can, suckers!" Drops mic, walks off high-fiving supporters, kissing babies, putting on lobster bib.
— Political Laffdogs (@GovtofthePeeps) January 14, 2014
My #BridgeGate Theory: Stepien: mastermind-fired Wildstein: operative-quit Baroni: operative-quit Kelly: pawn-fired Samson: accessory-N/A
— Political Laffdogs (@GovtofthePeeps) January 15, 2014
"I'm ultimately responsible, [but I will ultimately throw all my staff under the bus first]."- @GovChristie in #NJSOTS, basically
— Lis Smith (@lis_Smith) January 14, 2014
.@GovChristie will cooperate with all inquiries into #BridgeGate saying, "My staff is shredding...er...gathering documents as we speak".
— clydetheslyde (@clydetheslyde) January 14, 2014
Last night, I was reading “Bridge to Terabithia” to my kids when Chris Christie showed up and shut it down.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) January 14, 2014
Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen Sing
"Governor Christie's Traffic Jam"
("I gotta take a leak!")
We know everybody's fascinated by BridgeGate, and the reality is that we'd all like to go to the last chapter of the book and see what is the conclusion here. That's not responsible. There needs to be a methodical and systematic approach to this.
~ Rep. Louis Greenwald, D-NJ, Majority Leader of New Jersey Assembly
This is part of a pattern, of retribution, of calling people names. But this is carried to the point of ...really a vicious act. He put thousands and thousands of people in jeopardy. There were little kids, Kindergartners and First Graders going to school for the first day, caught in traffic jams. It was the week of the 9-11 observance and apparently and from the press reports we've seen the Governor and two of the main characters in this drama (Weinstein and Baroni) spent some time at the observance. You mean they never whispered 'there's something going on in Fort Lee'?
~ State Senator Loretta Weinberg on Rachel Maddow MSNBC
From the Washington Post:
A photo published by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday shows Christie appearing in New York with David Wildstein at a ceremony commemorating the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The traffic jam began Sept. 9 and lasted four days.
The photo's release comes shortly after Christie, at a nearly two-hour news conference last week, downplayed his interactions and relationship with Wildstein, who attended the same high school. Christie said he hadn't encountered Wildstein in "a long time."
"I have had no contact with David Wildstein in a long time, a long time -- well before the election," Christie said, referring to his Nov. 5 reelection win. "You know, I could probably count on one hand the number of conversations I've had with David since he worked at the Port Authority. I did not interact with David."
Christie says he hardly knows David Wildstein but new WS Journal photo puts them together during the bridge closing. pic.twitter.com/8jNTMCMfnt
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 14, 2014
High school pals Chris Christie and the Port Authority exec he appointed, David Wildstein. http://t.co/2XaESioFlk pic.twitter.com/kSsYfryWMN
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 10, 2014
Dear Christie: we got pictures. You know what comes next. #Resign #Impeach pic.twitter.com/tasDULWX4B
— Bob Fertik (@BobFertik) January 14, 2014
I'm not one for Sopranos references, but really, this picture #bridgegate pic.twitter.com/hyIENz0Bba
— Danny Kanner (@DannyKanner) January 14, 2014
I actually heard someone on my teevee today speculate that #bridgegate is somehow bad for NJ dems and I laughed until tears formed. Just no.
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) January 14, 2014
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will shut you down. #p2 #bridgegate
— Casey (@pari_passu) January 14, 2014
Chris Christie must be SOOOOO nostalgic for Hurricane Sandy ! He can't face storms of his own making! #Bridgegate pic.twitter.com/5mkwkKUT2E
— Howling Blue (@CryinAllTheTime) January 15, 2014
I swear I just looked up at the TV screen & read the crawl: "Gov Christie just finished Shit of the State address." #libcrib
— K Smith (@Smith83K) January 14, 2014