Saturday, January 11, 2014

Gov. Christie: One Day of Crisis But 'Two Sleepless Nights'?

Updated: GOP Governor of New Jersey fires top aide; Continues to claim he knew nothing about scheme to close lanes as political payback

Jon Queally
(Photograph: Phil Stilton /Getty Images)
Chris Christie and his deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, right, in September 2013. Update (11:44 AM EST):

In a curious remark made during Gov. Christie's Thursday morning press conference, the governor seemed to contradict his statement about only learning about the lane closure scheme on Wednesday morning when his communications director contacted him after a local newspaper went live with the story. However, moments later, Christie said that he "lost sleep the past two nights" over the revelations.

Whether it was a misstatement or not, the possible slip did not go unnoticed on Twitter:
Update (11:29 AM EST):

At a press conference Thursday morning, Gov. Chris Christie announced that he has fired his top aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, for her role in a "vengeful" scheme to punish a New Jersey town for its mayor not endorsing Christie for reelection.

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