Live blog: Chris Christie press conference
January 9th, 2014
10:50 AM ET
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Live blog: Chris Christie press conference

In a highly anticipated press conference Thursday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to address the George Washington Bridge controversy that’s dogging his administration.

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  1. O'drama ya Mama

    Donna

    O'drama ya Mama
    How do you claim "full responsibility" and keep your job?
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    Did you ask Obama and Sebelius this question??? Or Hillary Clinton when one of her direct reports was killed after being denied adequate security???
    January 9, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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    We can discuss that on an article about Obamacare or Sebelius or Hilliary but we are talking about Christie and his bridge scandal. So answer the question without using anyone's name except Chris Christie.

    January 9, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    This isn't about Obama. It's about the big bully in NJ who is lying through his teeth.
    He hasn't slept for two nights but he only found out about it yesterday? Is he psychic?

    January 9, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. bassman

    Compare Mr. Christie's "I am responsible" to Hillary Clinton's “What difference, at this point, does it make?” to four dead Americans. Its obvious who has the moral compass to be President.

    January 9, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Compare Mr. Christie's "I am responsible" to Hillary Clinton's “What difference, at this point, does it make?” to four dead Americans."

    Why? They were in response to entirely different questions. Context matters. Apples and oranges.

    January 9, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. rs

    Donna

    Malory Archer
    Isn't it precious how everytime some rightwing character gets tangled in their own web, the usual suspects come out of the woodwork and invoke President Obama in an effort to deflect?
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    Deflection? Of course not.

    An honest comparison about how two leaders handle similar issues. Obama lies, says he knows nothing about anything, just read about it in the newspapers, pretends he'll get to the bottom of it, appoints a campaign contrbutor to investigate and then nothing ever happens and it gets buried.

    Christie immediaitely fires those involved. Now THAT is a LEADER!!

    So why does Sebelius still have her job after she did much more damage to the American people?
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    Umm, I think because a broken web page can and in fact was fixed. How do you fix closing access to an interstate bridge for no good reason?

    January 9, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Just a thought I'd like to express: President Obama is reaching the tail end of his public political career ... Christie is fast losing ground on what is supposed to be the beginning of his public political career.

    Were I either of these men, I would prefer to be in Obama's shoes at this point ...

    January 9, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    And now the real question: Who begs for immunity first?

    January 9, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Pam from Iowa

    Disappointed in Christie, but not surprised! He is, after all, a Republican!!!

    January 9, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Donna

    Sniffit
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    "So you are saying he should have lied and stonewalled like Obama does to protect the guily and prevent the truth from coming out?"
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    Where's your proof that Obama lied with respect to any of the politically motivated wrongdoing that the GOP/Teatrolls/Issa have been trying to prove occurred? Where are the documents? Obama's produced thousands upon thousands of documents and still nothing has been proven. But whatever...go ahead...tell me there are elephants hiding in the strawberry patch.
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    Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for failing to provide information on Fast & Furious and Obama claimed Executive privilege to stonewall the investigation. And you claim there is no proof when the Obama adminstration actively obstructs any and all investigations? How are these actions consistent with claiming to be the most transparent administration in history? They are not. Just anothe Obama lie to the country.

    And then there are all of the survivors and witnesses to the Benghazi debalce that they have kept under wraps

    And where is the IRS investigation going? It is being headed by an Obama campaign contributor! Yes, I'm sure, just like the hand picked by Hillary Clinton Benghazi Acoountabilty Review Board, nothing was done wrong, nobody should be held accountable.

    January 9, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Peace

    unfortunately I do not buy at all what Christie said and the action he has taken. This incident didn't happen yesterday. It was last year. He didn't take any action then even enquiring what happened. Firing people now and apologising doesn't make any sense.

    January 9, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. wendel

    repos dodging this like crazy. If as governor he can't control his people then what about president????? Also just shows the contempt that republicans have for anyone not voteing for them No concern for the children or any one needing emergency services. His staff makes ya sick . This is what the republican party stands for as a whole. Screw the people if ya don't do what we want we will roll over you. These are the guys that shut down the government want to keep the minimum wage the same and take away health care. This is the same mentality that is through out the repo party

    January 9, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. just asking

    Sniffit
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    "Compare Mr. Christie's "I am responsible" to Hillary Clinton's “What difference, at this point, does it make?” to four dead Americans."
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    Why? They were in response to entirely different questions. Context matters. Apples and oranges.
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    absolutely an apples to apples comparison! the ambassador to libya was hillary clinton's direct report. she was responsible for his safety. has she said she takes responsibility for his death and the death of the other 3 americans? no, she has not. she blamed it on a ficticious demonstration.

    nobody, not one single person in the obama administration has ever accepted responsibility for what has happened while they were running the ship of state. it has always been somebody elses fault.

    January 9, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @bassman
    Compare Mr. Christie's "I am responsible" to Hillary Clinton's “What difference, at this point, does it make?” to four dead Americans. Its obvious who has the moral compass to be President.
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    Compare to W.Bush "trust me" speech on WMD and AlQueda, subsequent deaths of 1000's, and no responsibility taken.
    Compare to GOP defunding of embassy security repeatedly with no responsibility.
    That's a moral compass – I just don't like the way it is pointed.

    January 9, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Tony D

    Sniffit
    And now the real question: Who begs for immunity first?
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    Making it up as you go I see. I'm sure the leftists in here are already very busy concocting all sorts of fiction.

    And if Christie would have taken a page out of Obama's playbook, he would have blamed this on his Demorcat predessor!

    January 9, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @rs
    Donna

    Malory Archer
    Isn't it precious how everytime some rightwing character gets tangled in their own web, the usual suspects come out of the woodwork and invoke President Obama in an effort to deflect?

    Deflection? Of course not.

    An honest comparison about how two leaders handle similar issues. Obama lies, says he knows nothing about anything, just read about it in the newspapers, pretends he'll get to the bottom of it, appoints a campaign contrbutor to investigate and then nothing ever happens and it gets buried.

    Christie immediaitely fires those involved. Now THAT is a LEADER!!

    So why does Sebelius still have her job after she did much more damage to the American people?
    ________________________
    Umm, I think because a broken web page can and in fact was fixed. How do you fix closing access to an interstate bridge for no good reason?
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    And no thanks to the conservative hackers sharing software to bog down the website and setting up phony sites. (Oct-Nov 2013 news).

    January 9, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    Chris Christy is one of the biggest liars in Politics. I remember him saying the doctor said he was in great health but a few months later went under the knife and tried to pretend he didn't. No obese person is in great health. Yet people blame President Obama for the Insurance companies canceling policies because they didn't want the ACA.. UNFREEKINGBELIEVABLE.

    January 9, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. rs

    Lets see:
    We have e-mails tying the Governor's closest aide who is his personal friend all the way back to high school to calling for the bridge lane closures for political revenge- and a response from another aide aknowledging the command and who then had the Port Authority place those barriers.
    So, a wrong doing, actual evidence of wrongdoing, and the Governor who claims to be completely in the dark on the matter.
    Meanwhile the Right's minions are blathering on about Beghazi and the IRS, ignoring that there NEVER was any evidence or connection to the President and the White House- or even ecvidence of wrongdoing-but they want the President to resign or be impeached (or maybe taken by space aliens).
    Christie blew it- even if as he says (ha, ha,ha) he wasn't there.

    January 9, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. ashton

    There is no need to bring in Obama's/Clinton's name in this. Bottom line here- it is all about Christie. If he helped or knew about the orchestration of the bridge issue, then he has to be held accountable. While I understand the Obama/Clinton episodes and others want to cite their cases, the fact is we now have an issue before us and it involves Christie. Let's focus on what is before us. We can't correct the past but we correct the present to preserve the future.

    January 9, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for failing to provide information on Fast & Furious and Obama claimed Executive privilege to stonewall the investigation."

    Funny how they failed to go to court to try to enforce the subpoena and argue against the claimed privilege, eh? Funny how it was the chamber of congress with a majority from the other party, eh? Funny how the contempt vote was almost entirely partisan (other than a few Dems who wanted to keep their NRA endorsements). Funny how that party has spent all of its time in control of that chamber doing noting but trying to tear down Obama for political reasons, eh?

    "And where is the IRS investigation going? It is being headed by an Obama campaign contributor!"

    Darrell Issa is an Obama campaign contributor? Who knew?

    Anyway, you can relax Donna...it's not like Issa and the GOP/Teatrolls in the House aren't going to come up with a way to distract from Christie's mess as soon as possible. I can almost hear the sound of an Issa subpoena being printed right now.

    January 9, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    Just a thought I'd like to express: President Obama is reaching the tail end of his public political career ...
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    And I'd like to add that he is doing so after reaching the pinnacle of a political career having been elected and re-elected president of our nation.
    Christie on the other hand just blew his chances for taking his political career any further.
    You can't say that you and your top aides knew about this bridge study, and then claim that you did not know anything about no bridge. Then go further into the toilet to surface by saying that you had no idea of the problems the shutting down of the lanes were causing.
    Christie has two things working against him and his credibility: the internet (for documentary records) and FOUR DAYS, that's how long those lanes were shut down with every newspaper in the NYC and NJ reporting on it.
    FOUR DAYS and Christie not only claimed to know nothing he DID NOTHING.
    What kind of a Governor is unaware of the top story in his state's newspapers???
    Yes. That's burnt toast you smell Lynda!

    January 9, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "nobody, not one single person in the obama administration has ever accepted responsibility for what has happened while they were running the ship of state. it has always been somebody elses fault."

    Really? I mean, that's a pretty silly statement when we can cite to Obama publicly apologizing for something as recently as November or December.

    January 9, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. just asking

    rs
    Lets see:
    We have e-mails tying the Governor's closest aide who is his personal friend all the way back to high school to calling for the bridge lane closures for political revenge- and a response from another aide aknowledging the command and who then had the Port Authority place those barriers.
    So, a wrong doing, actual evidence of wrongdoing, and the Governor who claims to be completely in the dark on the matter.
    --–

    and the proof that christie was involved in it or even knew about it is where? it doesn't exist. let us know when you have some actual evidence though instead of zilch.

    January 9, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Susan

    I would like to know how much it cost the state of NJ to make Bridgette go away. Did she get a big fat severance package?
    ummmmm?

    January 9, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Ashley tweeted:

    Christie says he will continue to have personal one-on-one discussions with remaining members of his senior staff to determine if there's any other information he needs to know. He's not done with the interviews yet, but when he's finished he says he will disclose additional information and make personnel changes, if needed.
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    I will take that to mean that he has conducted a meeting where everyone is instructed, or perhaps directed. on exactly what to say to the media. Anyone who believes that a staffer can order around the head of the Port Authority with the prior sanction and approval of someone above her, then I have a bridge to sell you. Anyone who believes that her message about causing traffic in Ft. Lee and the coded language of both the replies is denying the facts.

    Christie has either lied to us about his actions, or his staff is a renegade group of vigilantes, completely beyond his control.

    January 9, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This incident didn't happen yesterday. It was last year. He didn't take any action then even enquiring what happened. Firing people now and apologising doesn't make any sense."

    Either he was too blind to see the traffic gridlock as it was happening, or too uncaring to worry about it and the consequences it caused thousands of his fellow citizens for what was I believe four full days.

    Bottom line: the man didn't take control of the situation when it first arose, and is now paying for the consequences of his inaction.

    Well, not him personally; his staff is paying the consequences. Christie himself is hoping to skip away undamaged.

    January 9, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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