Christie Addresses Bridge Debacle

(Trenton, NJ) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is firing his Deputy Chief of Staff in the wake of what's being called "bridgegate."

 
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has fired his Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly in wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal. She sent an e-mail to Christie's friend at Port Authority asking for lane closures in Fort Lee leading to traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge in what many think was political payback for the Fort Lee mayor not endorsing Christie during his re-election process.

Details are coming to light about a traffic snafu that was apparently ordered by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff.  Lane closures on the George Washington Bridge delayed emergency responders in four cases.  In one of the situations, paramedics rushing to aid a 91-year-old woman having a heart attack were delayed. The elderly woman later died at the hospital.  An EMS official says the lane closures doubled response times in two of the cases.    

At a press conference this morning in Trenton, Christie apologized to the people of New Jersey and those affected by the traffic jams and said "ultimately I am responsible." He said yesterday was the first he had heard of the e-mails. Christie says he will continue to have one on one discussions with the rest of the senior staff to determine if there is any other information he does not know about.
Emails were released yesterday that appeared to show that Kelly requested lane shutdowns at the George Washington Bridge as a political payback against Fort Lee's Democratic mayor. The Republican governor apologized to the people of New Jersey and the people of Fort Lee, where the bridge is located. He said he's embarrassed by the actions of some of the people on his team. Christie made the announcement this morning at the State House in Trenton.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he's sorry for what happened.
Christie says he couldn't believe what happened.