Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, the Democratic elected official at the heart of the scandal involving the allegations that members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s staff intentionally shut down two lanes of the George Washington Bridge in order to punish him for failing to endorse the GOP governor in 2013, has asked Christie not to come to his city to apologize to him and his constituents. Christie replied to the mayor by saying that he would go to see “other people in Fort Lee.”
According to New Jersey 12 reporter Kurt Siegelin, Sokolich has requested Christie not travel to his city. It was later revealed Sokolich said a visit by the governor to Fort Lee would be “premature and disruptive.”
“I was going to call him after this,” Christie said when asked about this breaking revelation during his press conference in Trenton. “If he won’t see me, then I’ll go see other people in Fort Lee.”
“I mean, I wish he would see me, but I’m certainly not going to, like, barge into his office,” Christie continued. “I wish the mayor would reconsider because I come up to genuinely apologize to him for the conduct of people who were in my employ.
Christie added that he did not know how a meeting between him and the Fort Lee mayor could be “premature and disruptive.”
“If he doesn’t’ want to meet with me, that’s his choice,” Christie concluded.
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
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