Will Gov. Chris Christie Resign After Traffic Jam Scandal?
Even some conservative commentators and politicians are calling on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he is found to have had any knowledge or involvement in “Bridgegate.” Crossfire host S.E. Cupp said she “hoped” Christie wasn’t involved, “but if he was, and if he knows that he was and this will come out later — let me lay out a scenario, If I were giving him advice I know he won’t take — resign now.”
However, there were altruistic reasons for his suggestions. Cupp believes that by resigning, Christie will actually be seen as a martyr and a victim of liberal media, priming him for a Presidential run in just a few years. “His supporters, both in New Jersey and across the nation, will come out,” she said. “And over the next two years he’ll quietly go about plotting a presidential campaign, and by the time the campaign rolls around this will be done. He’ll say, ‘What do you want from me? I resigned, I did what’s best for New Jersey, I made a mistake, I took responsibility for it, and now I want to be your president.’”
But for now, Christie has no intention on resigning. He fired one of his top staffers after e-mails confirmed members of his administration approved and plotted retaliatory lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. The deliberate traffic jams around the New Jersey town of Fort Lee were created in response to the town’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, not endorsing Christie in last year’s election.
Christie’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, sent an e-mail to then-Port Authority official David Wildstein that read “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” His campaign manager Bill Stepien, was also aware of the retaliatory measures.
Christie responded to “Bridgegate” today by declaring he was “blindsided” by the scandal, but still ultimately responsible for it. “I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here. This was handled in a callous and indifferent way,” he said. “I come out here today to apologize to the people of New Jersey, the people of Fort Lee and I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of the people on my team. I also need to apologize for my failure as the governor of this state to fail to handle the true nature of the problem sooner than I did.”