Video: Governor Chris Christie Addresses "Bridge-gate" Controversy

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 9 2014 11:15 AM

Video: Governor Chris Christie Addresses "Bridge-gate" Controversy

Update, January 9, 1:00 p.m.: After nearly two hours, Governor Christie concluded his press conference on Thursday afternoon just before 1 p.m. Christie apologized to the people of New Jersey, saying, "I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team." Yet the governor reiterated his previous statement that he had no knowledge or involvement in the lane closure incident. Instead, he said, his staff members -- now fired -- decieved him. "What did I do wrong to make these folks think it was okay to lie?" Christie said. "What I want the people of New Jersey to know is that this is the exception, not the rule."

Watch his full opening remarks in the video above. Elsewhere in Slate: The Least Convincing Moments of the Chris Christie Marathon

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Previous update, January 9, 11:15 a.m.: Governor Christie has fired Bridget Anne Kelly, the deputy chief of staff who sent an email to Port Authority official David Wildstein that read "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

Original story, January 9, 11:00 a.m.: Governor Chris Christie takes to the podium this morning to address the growing controversy that his staff intentionally created traffic jams by closing down several lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J.

This page has been updated with the latest information.

Correction: The original article misspelled the last name of Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Governor Christie. The text has been corrected.