On Friday, two former aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were sentenced in their role in creating a traffic jam in the Bergen County town of Fort Lee in 2013. Prosecutors charged that the two aides — Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni — ordered lane closures as political payback on the George Washington Bridge against the town’s mayor who refused to back Christie’ reelection efforts.
And now that the investigation is complete, Christie is finally speaking out on the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal. He sat down with CBS This Morning‘s Charlie Rose yesterday for an exclusive that aired Monday.
The Gov and former Republican presidential contender maintains that the jury confirmed exactly what he himself has long suspected: that Kelly, Baroni, and former Port Authority senior official David Wildstein were solely responsible for the land closures, calling the machination, “one of the most abjectly stupid things I’ve ever seen.”
Four witnesses in the trial also allege that Christie, who is currently heading up Donald Trump‘s transition team, himself knew about the traffic jam as it was happening, something that the Governor adamantly denies. He provided 12 hours of sworn testimony and was not charged in the case.
“I felt there were three people responsible: David Wildstein, Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly,” Governor Christie told Rose. “And now here we are, three investigations later, federal grand jury investigation, an investigation by a Democratic-led legislature, and what’s the conclusion? The conclusion is that there were three people responsible.”
“Why do you think she did it?” Rose asked about Bridget Kelly’s involvement.
“Wish I knew, Charlie. I wish I knew,” Christie responded. “I never could figure it out. It was one of the most abjectly stupid things I’ve ever seen. I mean, think about it. You know me. I’m pretty good at this political game. I’m up by 25 points in a reelection in a blue state. And they decide they’re gonna create a traffic jam in a town that’s a Democrat town, that I wound up winning two months later in the election?”
Watch the interview above via CBS.
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