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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took questions from the media during a press conference in response to the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal that has overtaken his administration over the past two days.
The scandal broke open when emails between one of his top staffers and one of his Port Authority appointees revealed that someone in his office did know about the sudden lane closures on the bridge that caused a traffic nightmare in the town of Fort Lee.
Early on in his Q&A session, Christie made it clear that the staffer in question, Bridget Anne Kelly, has been fired. Emails between her and David Wildstein of the Port Authority two weeks before the lanes were closed in September showed that she did know about them.
“I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team,” Christie said, reports USA Today. He added that there is “no doubt in my mind the conduct exhibited is completely unacceptable and shows the lack of respect for the appropriate role of government and the people we are trusted to serve.”
The popular Republican, who is said to be a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, again stressed that he had no knowledge that anyone in his office was involved. “I am stunned by the abject stupidity shown here. Regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover, this was handled in a callous and indifferent way,” he said.