Christie Says Scandal Scrutiny Has Been ‘Awful’

But adds 'I'm not growing a new personality'

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Julio Cortez / AP

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers his State of the State address at the State House in Trenton, N.J., on Jan. 14, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie candidly acknowledged Monday that the harsh media spotlight shining on him following a high-profile traffic scandal has taken a personal toll.

“I don’t think anybody knows what it feels like to have the kind of attention that I’ve had in the last nine days until you go through it,” Christie told Yahoo News. “It’s awful. Listen, it’s awful. I can explain to you as vividly as you like, but you won’t get it.

“I’m trying to get my arms around an awful situation,” he added, “and understand it, and then address it, and then resolve it.”

Christie has apologized and fired a top deputy for the scandal in which aides snarled traffic in a north Jersey town in an apparent political payback ploy against the town’s mayor for not endorsing his re-election campaign.

The governor was interviewed Friday, before the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., added to his political woes by claiming his administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds unless she supported a development project. Christie’s lieutenant governor denied that Monday.

“I will learn things from this,” Christie told Yahoo of the traffic scandal’s fallout. “I know I will. I don’t know exactly what it is yet that I’ll learn from it. But when I get the whole story and really try to understand what’s going on here, I know I’m going to learn things.”

But even as he was introspective, the likely GOP presidential candidate said the party’s 2016 nominee will probably be a governor, and that he doesn’t foresee any radical changes within himself because of the scandal: “I’m not growing a new personality at 51.”

16 comments
MableStewart
MableStewart

Chris Christie is certainly looking thinner today. By the time #bridgegate and Hoboken extortion of political favor in exchange for disaster relief funds scandals are concluded, he will probably have lost another 100 lbs.

notsacredh
notsacredh

”I’m not growing a new personality at 51.”

Maybe another chin though.

Impeachthepig.com
Impeachthepig.com

"Impeachthepig dot com" Just check it out. What Christie did is beyond politics. It's criminal. Impeach the pig dot com.

craigpurcell
craigpurcell

Tell us about the explanation of a traffic study...

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

Don't worry, Governor.  You'll get your arms around the awful situation when your fired and resigned aides make their plea deals.

FredSmit
FredSmit

have you noticed it's always "me me me me me me I I I I I " ..  another poor victimized Republican. 


FredSmit
FredSmit

Does he feel as bad as the 10000 teachers he dumped so private schools could take their place?  



roknsteve
roknsteve

Yes Christie, "Awful" does describe you perfectly

jmac
jmac

Christie is feeling his oats after his private swing through Florida to fund raise for Scott.   (Not shown together!)   I'm sure he was heaped with praise.   


That would be the bubble.   He's in the real world now.  

JosephWisgirda
JosephWisgirda

No Christie, but mow everyone knows about the personality you DO have.

brightcluster
brightcluster

Your time will soon some to an end in government Chris

ApostasyUSA
ApostasyUSA

So Christie would have us believe that he didn't know anything about what his best friends, some that he’s known since high school, were doing working for him? The stories are starting to add up that Christie is in fact a bully who has regularly abused his power to punish political foes.

Oh well. This is why Chris Christie will never become president:  He's a punk. It turns out though, not only is Christie and his governors office full of hateful and loudmouth punks, they are racist and corrupt to boot! 

It's so strange the way Republicans see the world. They commit wholeheartedly to half baked characterizations of reality.  They cling to them in order to justify the disdain they have been taught to feel by right wing media sources.  They endlessly repeat slogans and terms of conspiracies derived to demagogue the President, but hand them actual evidence of corrupt behavior of one of their own cherished Republicans and all the tinfoil hats get put on.

Go figure eh?


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

As awful as the traffic created in Ft. Lee by the vindictiveness of your staff who may or may not have gotten their marching orders straight from you?