Christie: Bridge scandal will be a 'footnote'
May 14th, 2014
01:59 PM ET
4 months ago

Christie: Bridge scandal will be a 'footnote'

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie argued Wednesday that the George Washington Bridge scandal that has upended his administration will have little impact on his political future and whether he runs for president in 2016.

"I think this will be a footnote by the time any of those decisions need to be made," Christie said at an event in Washington.

The Republican governor of New Jersey has not been accused of any wrongdoing in the controversy and has repeatedly denied any involvement the decision to close access lanes to the bridge, causing massive gridlock across the city of Fort Lee, New Jersey, for nearly a week last fall.

"As far as the impact on my political future, I think it will have none, because I didn't do anything," he told CBS News' Bob Schieffer at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's 2014 Fiscal Summit.

Christie argued he's not the first chief executive who has had to fire someone for messing up.

"I don't think that hurt anybody's career, and it's not going to hurt mine," he said.

The tough-talking governor also faulted the national news media for focusing on the scandal.

"I understand the circus that this becomes. You get 61% of the vote in a blue state in November, and then all of the sudden a couple of staff people do something they shouldn't have done. I fire them, and all the sudden this becomes the biggest story in the country for a couple of months, because I guess you guys weren't doing anything else down here, so this is what needed to be focused on, right?"

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey, as well as a state legislative committee, is investigating the incident. Christie's administration conducted its own internal probe and cleared the governor of any wrongdoing.

Former President Bill Clinton was also at Wednesday's summit. Christie tweeted a photo of Schieffer and the former president.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Greg In Arkansas

    "footnote" on the headstone of his political career..

    May 14, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    "As far as the impact on my political future, I think it will have none, because I didn't do anything,"
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    I've never seen someone blow so much smoke up their own behind. If the Guvnah thinks he has a career in politics he better think again. Incompetence is not an electable character trait.

    May 14, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, well. There is no doubt Chris Christie will himself become a footnote of wannabee status.

    May 14, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Jack Package

    A footnote? I guess it's been a while since the Governor has actually had to sit in traffic. Traffic jams are a huge problem in this area due to rush hour, repairs and accidents. Now, every time I have to sit in traffic, I have to wonder, is this a legit traffic jam, or is something else going on. I am still waiting for him to apologize to all who were affected, even if it wasn't his fault.

    May 14, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Tommy G

    A footnote that will cost the taxpayers of NJ tens of millions of dollars thanks to the Democrat witch hunt whose sole purpose is to smear Christie.

    May 14, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. rs

    Kind of like Watergate, or the Keating 5? Footnotes do kind of come in all sizes. He might be underestimating this one

    May 14, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. rs

    Tommy G

    A footnote that will cost the taxpayers of NJ tens of millions of dollars thanks to the Democrat witch hunt whose sole purpose is to smear Christie.
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    A lot less than Benghazi and Inquisitor Issa's charade. That one is into the hundreds of millions of dollars. The only difference is that there is actual evidence of wrongdoing in "Bridgegate".

    May 14, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Tony D

    Months and months later and the Democrats still got SQUAT, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that implicates Christie. Shouldn't the Democrat party of crooks and thieves be paying for this obviously politically motivated with hunt? Why should the NJ taxpayers foot the bill for this? They are getting NOTHING for it.

    May 14, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Lily

    When will Christie know when to quit? He is totally done and no one, I repeat no one can revive his Presidential bid. Is he all that un-informed that he can't pull it out anymore?

    May 14, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. rs

    Tony D

    Months and months later and the Democrats still got SQUAT, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that implicates Christie. Shouldn't the Democrat party of crooks and thieves be paying for this obviously politically motivated with hunt? Why should the NJ taxpayers foot the bill for this? They are getting NOTHING for it.
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    Gee, shouldn't that apply to the GOP's insane Benghazi obsession? How about their IRS hearings? Neither turned up any evidence of wrongdoing, yet they persist. I guess it's just wrong in your mind for Democrats to actually investigate a real crime, eh?

    May 14, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Geez. CNN, y'all could not have picked a worse picture of Taft 2.0. Look at that fat oozing from his pores.

    Hey, Chrisite: find a gym, guy.

    May 14, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. WOW

    Gee CNN...with all the VA, IRS, Benghazi, Obamacare scandals ...nice to see you didn't forget about bogus Bridgegate!!! You might want to buy The Times or put on CBS or ABC to see what is REALLY going on in the world!!

    May 14, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. RC

    So a bridge thing determines if he would be a good President or not? Come on people lets get real!, and look at his entire record as a Governor. Kind of who ever is without sin can cast the first stone!

    May 14, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Christie: Bridge scandal will be a 'footnote'"

    So will you, Christie.

    May 14, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Months and months later and the Democrats still got SQUAT, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that implicates Christie. Shouldn't the Democrat party of crooks and thieves be paying for this obviously politically motivated with hunt? Why should the NJ taxpayers foot the bill for this? They are getting NOTHING for it."

    Over two entire years later and the GOP/Teatrolls still got SQUAT, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that implicates Obama or Clinton. Shouldn't the GOP/Teatroll party of crooks and thieves be paying for this obviously politically motivated with hunt? Why should the US taxpayers foot the bill for this? They are getting NOTHING for it.

    FIFY

    Now, apply it to the Benghazi crap especially, but also to the IRS crap, False and Specious, and whatever other GOP/Teatroll conspiracy theories they've pushed via Issa and now a redundant investigation by a Select Committee.

    May 14, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    Conservatives on Christie: Let's be calm and proceed with legal relevant facts and not turn this into a witch hunt.
    Conservatives on Benghazi: Get the Torches!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Jack

    100% DELUSIONAL if he thinks that.

    May 14, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. GlenR

    It makes sense since his desire to be president will be a footnote too

    May 14, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. GlenR

    Nice try WOW. I see the tired old teabagger penchant for conjuring up fake scandals hasn't waned

    May 14, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |