(CNN) – On Election Day 2013, CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie how he would advise President Obama, who at the time was embroiled in a controversy about whether he misled the American people over being able to keep their health plans.
"Here's what my suggestion would be to him," Christie said then. "Don't be so cute. And when you make a mistake, admit it...Say, 'you know what? I said it, I was wrong. I'm sorry, and we're going to try to fix this and make it better.'"
Tapper, host of CNN's "The Lead," reports that sources close to Christie say people shouldn't be surprised if they see the governor take his own advice at a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. ET.
Christie said back in the November interview he thought "people would give any leader in that circumstance a lot of credit for just, you know, owning up to it, instead of now trying to like - don't lawyer it. People don't like lawyers. I'm a lawyer. They don't like them. Don't lawyer it....People want leaders, not lawyers."
The recently re-elected governor is now embroiled in his own scandal, as new emails show members of his staff were involved in what appears to be a political vendetta against the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey.
The apparent retribution came when Christie's staff and appointees orchestrated the closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, the nation's busiest, a move that caused serious traffic jams and turned Fort Lee into a parking lot for four days.
Christie has long denied that he was aware of the lane closures until they were happening. On Wednesday, he said in a statement he did not know members of his staff were involved in the plan until Wednesday.
"What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable," he said. "I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge."
"This behavior is not representative of me or my administration in any way," he added, "and people will be held responsible for their actions."