Christie's office fires back at former appointee in email to supporters

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks as he attends the Super Bowl Hand-Off Ceremony at the Boulevard fan zone ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks as he attends the Super Bowl Hand-Off Ceremony at the Boulevard fan zone ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York February 1, 2014.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's office fired back on Saturday against a former appointee who has accused Christie of lying about a bridge traffic scandal involving his top aides.

David Wildstein, a long-time Christie acquaintance and one of his appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey and New York City, resigned from his post after it emerged he oversaw a politically inspired closure of the bridge in September. On Friday, an attorney for Wildstein said "evidence exists" Christie knew of closures when they were happening.

"Bottom line - David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein," said the email from Christie's office to friends and supporters, which was posted on the political news website and confirmed by Colin Reed, a spokesman for the governor.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere, Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Grebler)

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Comments (8)
Bighammerman wrote:
Christie is great governor. Don’t fall into the trap of believing what the Democrats are doing to discredit Christie. Ever since Christie has been viewed by the democrats as a presidential contender, the democrats have been doing what they do best, attack credibility. Christie has done a great job as governor in NJ and that opens you up for attack from the democrats who have done so horribly in the recent past, Corzine the crook and McGreevy whose problems with uncontrollable homosexual sex desires, while married to Mrs. McGreevy, put the state at a substantial risk of terrorist attack. Also, not to worry, no one from the north east will be president in the next election. The rest of the country will not vote for someone who comes from the north east. I am ok with that, I say we keep Christie in NJ, we need him here.

Feb 01, 2014 8:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:
Bighammerman..right now at the center of the attacks on Chris Christie is Republican Rand Paul. While Paul has announced he will back off..he and Christie have had a very public battle going on in the Press. And the person doing perhaps the most damage is Republican Party politician David Wildstein who claims Christie knew about the closures when they were happening. But it’s all the evil Democrats fault..right? lmao! Democrats had zero to do with the WELL DOCUMENTED lane closures of the bridge orchestrated by a member of Christie’s staff. Perhaps one of the dumbest, pettiest and most asinine acts I think I’ve ever heard of instigated by a Republican staffer in retaliation of a Democratic Mayor because he wouldn’t endorse Christie in the last election. By hey…never let the facts get in the way of a good lie..right? What was it that the Romney camp said during the last election cycle…We do not let FactCheck dictate our campaign.

The simple facts are that you don’t see a lot of support for Christie on this issue from the Republican Party. Rand Paul says that Christie’s values are not in line with the Party. Christie is in fact a much bigger threat to the Republican Party than he is to Democrats. He stands in the way of them getting the candidate they want elected. Odds are that he would dilute, divide and weaken the Presidential campaign for Party favorites in 2016. Christie is a moderate and his base transcends party lines. He has shown a willingness to cross the aisle to get things done. The Republican Party will have none of that. If Christie has been truthful..then in reality..this is his opportunity to shine. It is a chance for him to show how he performs in a crisis. If the 2016 elections were held today..I would vote for Christie. In my opinion he is the best candidate out there at the moment. If you think the Democrats are attacking Christie at the moment…just what until the “3 Stooges” (Paul, Rubio and Cruz) officially enter the race. It will rival a “circus act” on the strip in Las Vegas.

Feb 01, 2014 10:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Timbuk3 wrote:
Christie :”and you can kiss that &$@%# governor’s pardon good-bye”

Feb 02, 2014 10:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
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