Christie Apologizes: ‘I Am Embarrased And Humiliated’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, about gay marriage issues being considered by the legislature.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) apologized Thursday for the George Washington Bridge scandal that has embroiled his administration.

“I come out here today to apologize to the people of New Jersey,” he said at a press conference called to address the revelations that members of his staff had been involved. “I apologize to the people of Fort Lee, and I apologize to the members of the state legislature.”

“I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. There’s no doubt in my mind that the conduct that they exhibited is completely unacceptable and showed a lack of respect for their appropriate role in government and for the people that we are trusted to serve.”

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Christie’s deputy chief of staff was likely involved in the bridge lane closures last September that have since haunted his administration. Christie’s press conference composed his first public comments on the scandal, though he issued a statement Wednesday.

Christie also announced that he had fired the staffer, Bridget Kelly.

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