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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (D) on Thursday said he accepted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's apology for any problems the George Washington Bridge lane closures caused for the mayor and town residents.

"I accepted his apology," Sokolich said after a meeting with the governor. "We believe we're content at the moment, and an investigation will tell us the balance of what needs to be told."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday said that the scandal about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) shows that the governor is a "bully."

"It seems to me that this whole bridge thing reinforces a narrative that's troublesome about the guy, he's kind of a bully," Graham said Thursday, according to MSNBC.

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A couple of Democratic members of the New Jersey state legislature were not entirely satisfied with Gov. Chris Christie's claims Thursday at a press conference that he did not know that members of his staff ordered lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year.

"This is beyond the pale," Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D) told the Newark Star-Ledger. "He has not asked a question in four months? He suddenly found out this was a big deal? Where was he four months ago?"

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday admitted that he made hiring mistakes, after documents published Wednesday linked some of his top aides and appointees to lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year.

"Listen, the fact is that mistakes were made, and I'm responsible for those mistakes. I obviously try every chance I can to hire the very best people," he said in a press conference. "Mistakes were made, and I remediated those mistakes by the actions I have taken."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday said that he will personally apologize to the Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich (D) and the residents of his town, which was impacted for days when multiple lanes on the George Washington Bridge were shut down.

"I think they need to see me do that personally, and I intend to do that later on today," Christie said during a press conference. "People of those communities for four days were impacted in a completely callous and indifferent way, and I'm going to go and apologize for that."

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The U.S. attorney in New Jersey will open a "preliminary inquiry" into the involvement of Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration in closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge last year, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, will announce the inquiry on Thursday morning, according to the Times.

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