New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in an interview with ABC News that his aides did “inexplicably stupid things” in the George Washington Bridge traffic incident known as “Bridgegate.”
The interview, which aired on Thursday night, was the first television interview since the Bridgegate scandal came to light. Hours before the interview, the law firm Christie hired to conduct an internal investigation released a report that cleared Christie of any involvement.
Christie has put blame largely on two former allies — David Wildstein, Port Authority official, and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s deputy chief of staff. In the interview, Christie denied Wildstein’s claim that the two had talked about the lane closings at a Sept. 11 memorial last year.
“What he didn’t say was: ‘Hey, governor, I’m closing down lanes at the George Washington Bridge to stick it to some mayor,’” Christie said during the interview. “I would have remembered that.”
Regarding the drop in his poll numbers, Christie noted that it has been the toughest time in his professional life. He added that he wouldn’t make any decision about future careers until next year.