Gov. Christie Fires Staffer, Denies Involvement in Lane Closures

Gov. Chris Christie told reporters during a press conference that he had no knowledge or involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane closures that happened in September. He said that he has terminated the employment of Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly who was found to have told a Port Authority official, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Christie also said that Bill Stepien will no longer be considered for state party chairman. The governor said he plans to visit Fort Lee today to personally apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich and the people of the borough for what happened.

Following Christie’s press conference, the Assembly Transportation Committee held a hearing in Trenton about the George Washington Bridge lane closures. David Wildstein appeared, but invoked his right to remain silent. The committee voted unanimously to hold Wildstein in contempt. That is a misdemeanor offense.