January 9th, 2014
12:55 AM ET

Christie could take bigger hit over scandal

This isn't the first time critics have called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a bully. But now the man many consider a Republican presidential frontrunner is on the defensive, scrambling to distance himself from an erupting political scandal that threatens to tarnish his image well before the 2016 elections.

E-mails that surfaced Wednesday suggest top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge as part of a political vendetta to punish a local mayor who wouldn't support him at the polls. Lane closures around approaches to the country's busiest bridge snarled traffic for days in September in Fort Lee, New Jersey - a problem the governor and his administration had originally blamed on a mishandled traffic study.

In response to the e-mail firestorm, Christie said Wednesday that he was misled by staff. He called the conduct outrageous and said he knew nothing about it.


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  1. chrissy

    With his atti tude he just isnt POTUS material. You have to have a calm clear head and this man is a loose cannon.

    January 9, 2014 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Hell can keep you warm too @ rupert lol.

    January 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Christie fired Briget Anne Kelly.

    January 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ pubert, rupert DOES have some good days! He isnt bad ALL the time just once in awhile he gets obnoxious!

    January 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Typical republican, blame someone else, slander them and then make sure they dont have a job. I used to like this guy and possibly woulda voted for him. Not now tho.

    January 9, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Whooo, With as much as a bully as this dude is, he would be the republican dream candidate for POTUS. If he were to get in there, we'd be in another war in a heartbeat. Trouble is, he'd have our opponent so ticked that they would probably attack us first.d

    January 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      If true, because a dem didn't endorse him? Puhleeze.

      January 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      If the man is truly that vindictive, I don't even want to think he would have access to "any" of the weapons we have. Including a sling shot.

      January 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I have read that he runs a very tight ship; a staple doesn't get ordered without his knowing about it. It doesn't look good.

      January 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Must have reached my posing limit; won't let me post.

    January 9, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    I see my david and goliath post concerning the slingshot got deleted! Is there a problem referencing the bible now @ cnn?

    January 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |