Christie: ‘I am outraged and deeply saddened . . . I was misled.’

by Jim Geraghty

Governor Chris Christie today issued the following statement:

What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.

Christie’s comments in early December, when questions about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge arose, were . . . quite different in tone, joking, “I worked the cones. Unbeknownst to anyone, I was working the cones. . . . Just because [Democratic state legislators] John Wisniewski and Loretta Weinberg are obsessed with this . . . it just shows you they really have nothing to do.”