Christie ‘Embarrassed’ Over Traffic Backup Scandal

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(CNN) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he was “embarrassed and humiliated” over the traffic backup scandal in Fort Lee. “I apologize to the people of Fort Lee and I apologize to the members of the state legislature. I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team,” he said.

Christie has fired Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s deputy chief of staff for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, “because she lied to me” in connection with last September’s lane closures and traffic backups in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Christie said he’s instructed Bill Stepien, his former campaign manager, not to place his name for consideration as state Republican Party chairman, and to withdraw his “consultancy with the Republican Governors Association” because of “the lack of judgment” Stepien showed in the Fort Lee lane-closure scandal.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday that it is reviewing the lane-closure controversy in New Jersey to determine whether a federal law may have been broken. The Port Authority’s inspector general’s office referred the matter to federal prosecutors.

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