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Christie: Wildstein And I Were 'Not Friends'

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He was responding to news reports on the scandal that noted Christie and David Wildstein, who appeared in documents obtained by TPM corresponding with Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly about closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge, attended high school together.

"It is true that I met David in 1977 in high school," Christie said in a press conference. "He's a year older than me. David and I were not friends in high school, not even acquaintances in high school."

Christie said he wanted to clear the matter up because he felt some stories implied "a closeness between me and David that doesn't exist." The governor also said Wildstein came to the Port Authority through another former appointee connected to the scandal, Bill Baroni, and he merely gave his permission for the hire.

"How do I feel about David now?" Christie said. "Listen, what I read yesterday makes me angry. That's the one bit of anger I felt. That language and that callous indifference in those emails from David yesterday, are just over the top and outrageous and should never ever have been written or uttered by somebody with a position of responsibility like that."

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