The approach to the GW Bridge can be crazy. Over 100 million cars travel over the GW Bridge every year - that's a third of the United States population! That breaks down to over a quarter millions vehicles every single day. So you can imagine that the traffic over this bridge is already sick. Now imagine that a government official purposely blocks several lanes of traffic on the GW Bridge. Crazy right? Who would do such a thing? Well we're not done yet. It gets worse. Now imagine that due to those closed lanes, emergency workers could not rush a woman to the hospital and she died. That's pretty bad right? But wait, there's more. Now imagine that the REASON why the government official (a Republican) blocked several lanes of the GW Birdge was to get back at the Democratic mayor of a small New Jersey town located next to the GW Bridge all because said mayor did not endorse the Republican governor of the state during his 2012 campaign.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is Bridge-Gate.
Per NY Daily News:
|NJ Gov. Chris Christie taking questions at today's press conference|
An unusually contrite Gov. Christie emerged Thursday to offer a statewide apology for the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal — and to fire two of his top advisers.
“I come out here to today to apologize to the people of New Jersey,” said Christie at the start a lengthy news conference. “I apologize to the people of Fort Lee. I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team.”
The governor then announced the immediate dismissal of Bridget Anne Kelly, the top aide linked directly to lane closures meant to retaliate against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich who did not endorse the GOP incumbent during his re-election campaign last year.
"I terminated her employment because she lied to me," Christie said bluntly.
The governor also revealed that he told his former campaign manager, Bill Stepien, to withdraw his nomination as state GOP chairman. Christie said the tone of emails involving Stepien made him lose confidence in the political adviser.
He also promised a Thursday visit to Fort Lee to deliver a personal apology.
Christie, known for his take-no-prisoners political style, did deliver a bit of self-defense.
1. Do you believe Christie is being sincere here about not knowing what was going on in his staff?
2. Does this damage his Presidential bid for 2016?