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Flashback: Christie Fired State Official In 2010 For Allegedly Misleading Him

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Schundler went on to emphatically dispute Christie's contention that he lied or misled the governor, accusing Christie of character assassination. He said he would accept being fired over an error in New Jersey's application that needlessly cost the state the federal funds, but insisted he didn't misrepresent any facts to the governor or his staff.

On Thursday, amid a swirl of scandal, Christie announced he had fired Kelly, his deputy chief of staff, "because she lied to me" about the governor's office's involvement in the politically charged closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge.