Kean: Christie doesn't answer the main questions
January 8th, 2014
06:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Kean: Christie doesn't answer the main questions

Washington (CNN) – Former New Jersey Republican Governor Tom Kean tells CNN that Chris Christie's statement on the George Washington bridge controversy leaves unanswered questions and isn't enough to settle the matter.

"He's not accepting responsibility," Kean told CNN. "He doesn't answer any of the main questions."

Kean, whose son has clashed politically in the past with Christie, says that "I think we need to learn a lot more." He makes the point that the investigation being conducted by the New Jersey legislature is being led by a Democrat, and suggests that the "if it's serious, as it is, the legislature should be appointing a bipartisan committee."

Kean adds that "this makes no sense. If you are sitting in the governor's office at a high level, and your candidate is well ahead in the polls, the idea that you are going to play with some lanes just makes no sense."

The entire episode, he adds, "deserves a better look than it is getting."

Kean is a Republican elder statesman of New Jersey. And while he says that Christie has referred to him as a "mentor" in the past, there is also some family history here: Christie, according to the NJ.Com, opposed Kean's son to continue as the state senate minority leader last year. He remains in that job.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Smitty

    You just cant make this stuff up. Christie will probably pull an Obammy and plead that he didn't know. Just like Obammy he will get caught lying.

    January 8, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. simplyput

    Ironic that the Christy accusers sound like Fox accusing the president. We get it, give him the runner-up *liar of the year." You want some EMS horror stories from Barack Obama's PCIP plan through the ACA? We got em. How about no ambulances in network, and $1,150 to be transported under an underpass? We'll calculate deaths later this year.

    January 8, 2014 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Christie won't have time to make a run for president. He will busy for the next two years preparing his defense against impeachment and criminal prosecution.

    January 8, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. ladies first

    whatever the case may be, isn't there a weight limit time frame on a bridge considering no one was moving? Also, look at all the other outstanding complications that occurred that aren't being discussed! One being shift change, people getting to timely destinations or arriving in time to pick up other individuals, with strict schedules. Many complications were factors not being discussed, that went on because of this George Washington Bridge closing. Put lives in grave danger by letting things of this nature go on. WAKE UP AND BE RESPONSIBLE!

    January 8, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein

    Either Christie can't control his staff or he is lying. If he was aware/asked that it be done, then it shows that he is not fit to be president (or even governor) because he can't control himself from hitting political enemies.

    January 8, 2014 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Winston Smith

    He believes he's above the answering of questions. HE'S A REPUBLICAN.

    January 9, 2014 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  7. Thomas

    Chris Christie is going feel the presser of politics in a brand new way .

    I don't think he will pass the test

    January 9, 2014 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Of course he is not accepting responsibility. He's a rethugs. He will try to spin this around that big body of his to come out skinny.
    Won't be able to do it. Bullies don't like to be confronted with the truth.

    January 9, 2014 06:25 am at 6:25 am |