Christie Says 'Bridgegate' Will Not Impact Decision to Run in 2016
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) spoke publicly for the first time since an internal investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge scandal. “I had nothing to do with this,” Christie maintained.
He said, “I told [investigators] to find the truth no matter where it led and to turn over every rock that they were able to get to in order to get to the bottom of what happened.”
Investigators conducted over 70 interviews, reviewed some 250K documents, and had access to personal and business devices, emails and texts of current and former senior staffers, the New Jersey lieutenant governor and Gov. Christie.
Christie announced that Port Authority Chairman David Samson resigned this afternoon, effective immediately.
The governor said he looks forward to “ushering in a new era” at the Port Authority in light of recent events and the report’s recommendations.
“I'm particularly intrigued by the idea of dismantling the Port Authority operations from under one roof to two,” Christie said, adding that he plans on working with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to explore that possibility.
When asked about the 2016 presidential election, Christie said the scandal will not impact his decision to run.
“If I do my job the best way I can, the future will take care of itself,” he said.