Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Sunday compared the controversy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the George Washington Bridge lane closures last year to the IRS scandal and Benghazi when defending the governor.
“The reality is, things go wrong in an administration. And frankly, you know, he was in campaign-mode at the time, during campaign-mode you miss a lot of things. You’re not paying as much attention,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We see that with Benghazi.”
When asked whether Christie’s office culture encouraged his aides and appointees to use the lane closures as political retribution, Giuliani said Christie’s staff should not have interpreted his style that way, comparing the situation to the IRS controversy.
“The people in the IRS though President Obama wanted them to do this. President Obama didn’t want them to do this. But they got the sense because of that culture that they were supposed to target right wing groups. It was totally wrong,” Giuliani said. “I think it was totally wrong for these people to have interpreted Chris Christie this way.”