Christie does what he likes best as scandal roils administration
February 26th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
6 years ago

Christie does what he likes best as scandal roils administration

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will take his message of fiscal conservatism and government reform to his second town hall event in the past week on Wednesday.

Christie especially likes being face-to-face with voters and he's sticking to that practice as his administration reels from a political scandal that has questioned his forceful governing style and clouded any prospects for a possible 2016 presidential bid.

A Christie staff member told CNN that he'll be doing more of the events in coming weeks and months to stress the "things he hopes to accomplish" as well as addressing recovery efforts from 2012's Superstorm Sandy that devastated parts of the state, especially shore areas.

He's already done 110 of them since being elected in 2009.

Reelected easily in November, Christie on Wednesday will focus on fiscal priorities at the meeting at a community center in Long Hill, which is in North Jersey.

He unveiled a $34 billion budget proposal in Trenton this week that includes a record $2.25 billion payment to the state's pension system.

He plans to emphasize his call for public employees to give back more and a need for municipalities to cut costs by consolidating services.

The audience in Long Hill will be comprised of local residents who responded to an invitation on a first-come, first-served basis.

At a town hall meeting last week in Middletown, Christie returned to a script he used during his reelection campaign. He stuck to Sandy-related topics and no one asked him about the unfolding scandal.

A state legislative committee is leading an investigation of whether senior Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams at the foot of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee last September as an act of political retribution against the town's mayor for not endorsing the governor for reelection.

The committee has issued multiple subpoenas to top Christie gubernatorial and political advisers.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is also investigating.

Christie has denied knowing anything about the traffic gridlock caused by bridge access lane closures until after they occurred and then only from media reports. He also denies any knowledge of political mischief by his appointees.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Toll booths of Glory .

    He is so far dawn in the polls , no red state in the South would trust him .

    February 26, 2014 01:08 am at 1:08 am |

    Chris is good an clean an all ! Same cant be said for Hillary ! They both got them hands full an doing good at ? Both of you Stay out of it ! Its not a mess you want to wade in to at this time or never .We need a leader n0t a divider Bad ! This is 1960 b s from a prez in 2014 ! sad !

    February 26, 2014 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  3. Name

    Christie's administration is a culture of corruption!

    February 26, 2014 02:39 am at 2:39 am |