New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told ABC’s “World News With Diane Sawyer” he doesn’t believe he “inspired” the bridge scandal that’s engulfed his administration of last, saying, “I spent a lot of time the last 11 weeks thinking about what did I do if I did anything to contribute to this. I don’t believe that I did.”
Christie’s first national interview since the scandal broke, along with a recent visit to kiss the ring of GOP money man Sheldon Adelson may signal the sitting NJ Governor has decided it’s time to get bust trying to rehabilitate his image in the wake of the controversy.
“When things were first reported, I said this couldn’t possibly be true because who would do something like that? Sometimes people do inextricably stupid things,” Christie said. “And so that’s what makes it so hard then as the guy in charge because none of it made any sense to him. And to some extent, still does not.”
The appearance was scheduled for the very same day a teams of lawyers appointed by Christie released a report absolving the governor of any wrong doing with regard to both the bridge closing and the distribution of relief funds associated with Hurricane Sandy.
“I do believe that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Christie said. “It’s been a very, very tough time professionally. Not the toughest time in my life, but certainly the toughest time in my life professionally.”
Prior to those scandals many viewed Christie as a front-runner for the GOP’s 2016 Presidential nomination. Only time will tell if the last several months of bad headlines ultimately serve to make Christie a stronger potential candidate, or if they will short circuit any plans he may have been entertaining to run for President.
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