New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said in an interview published Monday with Yahoo News that he plans to learn things from the bridge scandal, he’s just not sure what they are yet.
“I will learn things from this,” Christie said. “I know I will. I don’t know exactly what it is yet that I’ll learn from it. But when I get the whole story and really try to understand what’s going on here, I know I’m going to learn things.”
Some Democrats have alleged lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September, which led to days of paralyzing traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., were ordered by Christie allies to retaliate against a mayor who declined to endorse his re-election.
Documents subpoenaed by a New Jersey General Assembly committee investigating the issue showed a Christie aide was involved in conversations about the order to close the lanes and declared it was, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Christie has repeatedly denied he had any knowledge of the closures and said it was “completely disorienting” to read his aide’s emails about the closures.
“Like I got hit across the forehead with a 2×4,” Christie said of his state of mind after the emails became public.
Yahoo’s interview with Christie was conducted Friday, before new allegations leveled by the mayor of Hoboken, N.J. that his administration tied Hurricane Sandy aid in her city to a real estate project linked to one of the governor’s allies.