David Axelrod wrote on Twitter that the New Jersey governor conducted the presser "about as well as he could," and that — barring any further damning revelations — he will survive the scandal.
Christie handled about as well as he could. Unless smoking gun turns up tying him to scheme, or others arise, he lives 2 fight another day.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 9, 2014
Christie used the nearly two-hour press conference to apologize for the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge and announce that he fired Bridget Kelly, his deputy chief of staff who was implicated in the documents that were obtained Wednesday by TPM.
The governor also took several questions from reporters, including one who wondered if he would resign over the scandal.
"God no," Christie responded. "That's a crazy question, man. I'm telling you, I had nothing to do with this. So you know, no, I never gave any thought to doing that at all, nor would I. What was I thinking about last night when I couldn't go to sleep? How did this happen? That's what I was thinking about."