Senator Lindsey Graham became one of the highest-profile Republicans to fire shots at Chris Christie in the midst of “Bridgegate,” saying the scandal reinforces the “troublesome” narrative about how big a “bully” Christie is. He told NBC News that Christie’s advisors must have been part of a culture where they thought this kind of political retribution was okay, though he didn’t say anything much beyond that.
Graham also said that Christie has an “edge” to him that isn’t going to play well if he chooses to run for president in 2016.
But mere hours after making his initial remarks, Graham backtracked, explaining that he made his initial remarks before watching Christie’s big press conference, and his tone considerably changed after watching parts of it.
I’m very impressed with the contrite nature in taking responsibility. In today’s political environment it was a breath of fresh air and I think he handled it as well as he could… He took every question, didn’t dodge, I think he went a long way to helping himself today.
Republicans haven’t had the most positive opinion of Christie for a while, though most of the criticisms have come from more conservative Republicans taking issue with Christie’s more moderate positions.
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