Governor Christie Takes ‘BridgeGate’ Blame [VIDEO/AUDIO/POLL]
At the end of last week, one of Governor Christie’s top appointees at the Port Authority announced he was resigning over what has become known as ‘BridgeGate.’
Bill Baroni, who served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority, had testified he did not communicate properly that several lanes leading onto the George Washington Bridge were going to be closed in the fall because of a traffic study, which led to massive traffic tie-ups.
Governor Christie has accepted the resignation, saying he was going to replace Baroni anyway.
When the governor was asked about ultimate responsibility for the problems caused by the lane closures, he said he didn’t know anything about it, but said he is responsible.
“For every person who acts in this government, I am ultimately responsible,” he said. “That’s different obviously than direct responsibility, but ultimate responsibility, sure.”
Christie stressed that when things go well, you get credit for things that you don’t really deserve the complete credit for, and when things go poorly, sometimes you get blame for things you don’t completely deserve blame for.
“But that’s the nature of this job, and I’ve got broad shoulders, I’m fine.”
He also indicated he was upset, but not angry about what happened.
“I’m bothered when people make mistakes that wind up reflecting on their performance,” he said, ” because their performance is the performance of this administration. I’d rather have all of us doing things well – so I’m bothered whenever that happens, but anger would be too strong of a word.”
The governor commended Senator Baroni for his service.
“His 4 years there – I know how hard that job is – he worked very hard at it,” Christie said. “And it’s unfortunate for him a mistake was made near the end of his tenure.”
After announcing the resignation, Christie named a member of his executive staff, Deborah Gramiccioni, to replace Baroni at the bi-state agency.
Courtesy Governor’s Office