‘Bridgegate’ Still Won’t Go Away [VIDEO/AUDIO]
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is again speaking out about "Bridgegate," the name adopted to describe lane closures that caused massive traffic tie-ups leading to the George Washington Bridge in September.
"I've asked my staff to give me a full briefing," Christie said. "They've told me everything that we know. None of it makes sense; it's all about politics, none of it makes sense."
The governor said even some of his fiercest critics are starting to side with him.
"You even have Sen. Weinberg saying, 'I don't think the governor was involved in any of this decision-making at all,'" Christie said. "So if Loretta Weinberg is saying that, you gotta be certain they're pretty certain, 'cause she's not the president of my fan club."
Christie also said he has no reason to believe Bill Baroni -- the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who was appointed by the governor -- lied about the lanes being closed for a traffic study.
"He came into the Assembly and gave testimony, and he said that there was a traffic study ongoing, and he showed charts and other things," Christie said.
When asked by news director Eric Scott if he had actually seen the study, Christie had a simple response.
"No," Christie said. "What do I care?"
Scott then suggested that if Christie saw the study and could verify it existed, it could help put the issue to rest once and for all, but the governor disagreed with that approach.
"They'd find something else," Christie said. "We're already hearing from Democrats that, 'Well, maybe the governor had nothing to do with this and maybe there's no fault here, but he created through his attitude a culture which would permit this kind of thing to be done' -- that's the latest line."
The bottom line, said the governor, is that some Democrats are in a desperate search for a way to extend the story.
"They're partisan politicians and they always have been," Christie said. "These are not people who are in love with me, quite the opposite."
Christie wouldn't specify how he first learned about Bridgegate, only saying he had heard about it through press accounts in September.
"It's been kind of an evolving thing; there was no moment where I went, 'Oh, wow, look at this,'" Christie said.