A Bridgegate Culture? [AUDIO]
The Q&A segment of Gov. Chris Christie's latest town hall took a turn toward the George Washington Bridge scandal that's enveloped his administration and clouded his reputation as a potential frontrunner for president in 2016.
The governor was asked how he would respond to those who, despite an internal investigation clearing Christie of any wrongdoing, still believe he played a role in the September fiasco, even if it was just by "creating a culture" of political retribution and childish behavior.
Christie, hosting his 120th town hall on Thursday in Brick, immediately shot down the suggestion. Pointing to accomplishments such as pension and benefits reform and capping property taxes, Christie said what he's created is a culture of "unprecedented bipartisanship."
If, in fact, I created a culture where people were going after each other, then how did we do all these things together with Republicans and Democrats?" Christie asked. "The allegation that somehow this was a culture that was created just doesn't have any basis."
Investigations continue on the state and federal levels to determine exactly why lanes were closed in Fort Lee, and who was involved. Emails showed senior members of Christie's staff expressing knowledge that the lanes would be shut down to create traffic trouble.
Christie indicated he and his administration will cooperate with all appropriate inquiries.
"What I know is the truth, which is it was a stupid thing to have been done," he said. "I knew nothing about it, had nothing to do with it, and if anybody had ever come to me and told me they were going to do this, I would've stopped it."