Giuliani Defends Christie: Bridgegate Was ‘Stupid Political Prank That Backfired’

Appearing on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday evening, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended his friend NJ Gov. Chris Christie against claims he’s a “bully,” and suggested the ongoing “Bridgegate” scandal is just a “stupid political prank that backfired.”

“Politically stupid things, political pranks that turn bad, all that other stuff [happens in] every administration,” Giuliani told host Anderson Cooper.

“Don’t tell me this doesn’t happen in the Obama administration, the Clinton administration, the Bush administration,” he added.

Christie has been embroiled in controversy ever since leaked emails revealed his staffers orchestrated as much as four days worth of George Washington Bridge gridlock as retribution against a local mayor. Christie held a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce the firing of a top aide, deny any knowledge of the scheme, and declare that he will pursue the issue to the fullest.

Watch below, via CNN:

[h/t TPM]

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