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Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 9, 2014 at 7:46 a.m. Updated January 9, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Trenton, N.J., a day after revelations that Christie's administration may have closed highway lanes to exact political retribution, in this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo.

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized to his constituents and said he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by his staff, one day after emails and text messages revealed his administration may have closed highway lanes to exact political retribution.

Christie also said he was firing Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, "because she lied to me."

Kelly is the latest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend Christie's second term and likely run for president in 2016. Documents show she arranged traffic jams to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, who didn't endorse Christie for re-election last fall.

The messages do not directly implicate Christie, but they contradicted his assertions that the closings were not punitive and that his staff was not involved.

Christie acknowledged Thursday that was a lie, because his staff didn't tell him what they had done.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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drs01 says... January 9, 2014 at 8:38 a.m.

This is not news. Every high profile politician is guilty of this abuse of power. Obama does it; Hillary did it and will continue; ole Bill was also guilty. Punish those who don't agree with you is why this country is stagnating.

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RoyDaMercer says... January 9, 2014 at 8:57 a.m.

This is actually pretty funny; loud mouth blowhard just got busted. There are 2 kinds of politicians; those who cheat and get caught and those who cheat and don't get caught

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outinthesticks says... January 9, 2014 at 9:36 a.m.

What's that song I hear beginning to play in the background? bump, bump, bump...another one bites the dust.....

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HotSpringsLawyer says... January 9, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.

What a rat to blame his staff. He'll be sorry when the other stories start coming out from anonymous sources.

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djigoo says... January 9, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.

A 91-year-old woman died because of this. Welcome to Chappaquiddick, Your Supreme Immensity.

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RoyDaMercer says... January 9, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

I wonder if this will get him re-elected until he dies of a brain tumor in his late 70's; that is what you are saying gooey? If Teddy could live that long as badly as he treated his body surely Christie can too?

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GrimReaper says... January 9, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

Just shove a staffer off the back of the sleigh..........scandal over. Christie is a member of the Republican wing of the Uniparty. Two wings, same party with one all consuming goal.....to stay in power and continue looting by whatever means necessary!

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PatWaverly says... January 9, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.

I think the level of disdain for Christie over this is a clear indicator of how much the Left fears his candidacy.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... January 9, 2014 at 11:15 a.m.

I can see how he might have know whether there was in fact a traffic study back then. But he still doesnt know? Oh please.

Pretty clear that he fired the people who showed up on the email evidence. He'd better be sure he has found them all. Hope folks dont start turning up missing.

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RonalFos says... January 9, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

I think the Right fears his candidacy more then the Left - by far!

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