Christie Denies Driving Wrong Way On One-Way Street

Chris Christie now appears to be denying that he was at fault in a 2002 car accident — which runs counter to his own story in the police report at the time — in response to Jon Corzine accusing him of abusing his office as U.S. Attorney to get out of trouble.

Christie appeared today on Fox & Friends, and was asked about Corzine’s defense of a controversial ad that says Christie “threw his weight around” as U.S. Attorney, in order to get out of trouble when he hit a motorcyclist while driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Christie not only dismissed Corzine’s insistence the ad’s true subject is Christie’s alleged abuse of his office — and not Christie’s weight — but denied the story about the accident itself.

“I was not driving the wrong way down a one way street and the Governor knows it,” Christie said. “I didn’t hit someone, they hit me.”

This is technically accurate, but not exactly true. According to Christie’s own story in the police report at the time, Christie was turning the wrong way on to a one-way street. He told the officer that stopped when he realized what he’d done, but the motorcycle fell on its side slid into his car as its rider braked quickly. The motorcyclist’s story matched up in the report, with the rider saying he was riding down the street when Christie’s car turned in front of him.

From this accident — and keep in mind that if someone turns the wrong way on to a one-way street, whatever happens next is typically considered their fault — Christie shifts the blame to the other person: “I was not driving the wrong way down a one way street and the Governor knows it. I didn’t hit someone, they hit me.”

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