New Jersey governor apologizes, fires top aide for bridge scandalUpdated: 2014-01-10 19:54:12 (KST)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie apologized Thursday for a growing scandal that threatens to shake his possible run for the presidency in 2016.
"I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. There is no doubt in my mind the conduct they exhibited is completely unacceptable, and showed a lack of respect for the appropriate role in government and the people we are trusted to serve."
The apology follows revelations that one of his top aides may have ordered the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September in what appears to be an act of revenge.
The bridge connects New Jersey to New York City and is a major commuter route.
The scandal broke Wednesday with the revelation of texts and emails showing that Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor's deputy chief of staff, and David Wildstein, Christie's top appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the George Washington Bridge, may have conspired to orchestrate the lane closure last fall.
The lane closure appears to have been planned as political payback against a Democratic mayor in the state who refused to endorse Christie over his Democratic rival in his re-election bid last year.
Christie announced Thursday he had fired Kelly.
Wildstein resigned over the scandal early last month.
The office of the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey has announced it is launching an investigation into the case.
Christie is a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible presidential contender in 2016.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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