Christie Calls Delayed Emergency Services Due To Bridge Closure ‘Awful’


Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday said it was “awful” that emergency services were delayed in several instances due to the George Washington Bridge closures last year.

First responders were delayed in responding to at least four medical emergencies, according to the Bergen Record, including one instance where it took 7 minutes to get to a 91-year-old woman who was unconscious and eventually died of cardiac arrest at a hospital.

“I’ve seen conflicting reports about the cause of death. It’s awful to hear,” Christie said at a press conference. “All I can do is apologize for the conduct of people who worked for me. I can’t reverse time. If I could, believe me, I would. I’m going to apologize. That’s all can do. There’s nothing you can do.”


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