New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says his office "Will cooperate with all appropriate inquiries" Into the controversies surrounding his administration.
Christie addressed the controversies at the top of his annual State of the State speech today. He said the previous week "has certainly tested this administration" And admitted that mistakes were made. "And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve."
The governor, considered a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has been embroiled in two controversies over the last week: Aides and appointees allegedly engaged in a political payback scheme that closed lanes near the the George Washington Bridge, and CNN reported Monday that federal investigators were looking into whether Christie's administration misused funds for the Superstorm Sandy recovery in tourism ads that featured Christie and his family. Ref. CNN
A day after Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer rankled the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with allegations that his office withheld Superstorm Sandy relief funding over her refusal to push through a redevelopment project, she says that she met with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
"This afternoon I met with the U.S. Attorney's office for several hours at their request and provided them with my journal and other documents," She said in a statement.
Zimmer earlier today told CNN's Candy Crowley that she didn't speak out before because she didn't think anyone would believe her, adding that she is now "Offering to testify under oath." Ref. CNN
New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno today denied allegations she gave Hoboken's mayor an ultimatum to support a redevelopment plan backed by Gov. Chris Christie to receive Hurricane Sandy recovery aid.
"Mayor (Dawn) Zimmer's version of our conversation in May of 2013 is not only false but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined.
"Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false," She said at a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday event in Union Beach, New Jersey. Ref. CNN
Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2-point lead over Hillary Clinton in hypothetical 2016 matchup in December has evaporated, and Clinton holds a 55%-39% lead, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.
The survey also indicates that Christie has lost his lead over other potential GOP White House contenders in the race for the Republican nomination. The poll's release comes after a month of intense media scrutiny of Christie over a couple of controversies. Ref. CNN
Report says Gov. Christie did not know about bridge scheme
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not know of his top aides' plan for a politically motivated traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, according to lawyers hired by the Christie administration to investigate the "Bridgegate" Scandal. Ref. USAToday