Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has some strong feelings about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
Parker, a Democratic donor, brought up the bridge scandal plaguing Christie’s administration at the end of an interview Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” She said his marathon press conference in January, in which he denied knowledge of the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, didn’t do enough to address the issue.
“When he kept talking about the betrayal he felt, and what I kept waiting for him to say, which I think would have done enormous goodwill for him at that moment, was ‘I regret that I ever set a tone in my office that it made it seem to anybody who was working with me, subordinate or not, that any of this kind of behavior was acceptable,” she said. “And he never really said that.”
“He could’ve gone bigger with that,” co-host Mika Brzezinski, a friend of the governor who has defended his handling of the bridge scandal, said. “He did say I’ve got to do a lot of soul-searching.”
But soul-searching didn’t go far enough, Parker said.
“What you have to say is the fish stinks from the head down,” she said. “‘I am a leader and I set a tone in an office that made this somehow seem acceptable, amusing …'”
Brzezinski didn’t disagree. Parker also asked her, given her “sentimental feelings” toward the governor, what she believed was missing from that marathon press conference.
“There were a couple of things missing,” Brzezinski said. “I think, how it all — I know what was missing. When he said that Bridget Kelly was fired that he fired her on the spot –“
“He never had a conversation with her?” Parker suggested.
“Yeah, what? That’s not the guy I know,” Brzezinski said.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.