Full Chris Christie Presser: ‘Embarrassed and Humiliated,’ Fires Aide, Apologizes for Traffic Jam Scandal

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In his hour long press conference, this morning, New Jersey Governor  Christie expressed more sadness than anger that  his deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly had lied to him about the bridge closure, which allowed him to go out and give false denials to the public. Christie said he had fired Kelly,and told “Bill Stepien, his 2013 campaign manager, not to apply to become state party chairman or to work with the Republican Governors Association, which Christie is taking over.”

Jim Geraghtyputs his finger on the most troubling aspect of this.

Large stretches of Christie’s press conference made for a textbook example of authentic, emphatic expressions of contrition, including a raw, refreshing bluntness about his long ties to the aides in question, and direct, quick action to ensure consequences for wrongdoing. But there was a somewhat troubling aspect in that Christie remained to insist that not one but…

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