New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) wants an apology from the media for questions about the 2013 traffic scandal dubbed “Bridgegate.”
In multiple interviews since he launched his presidential campaign, the governor has repeatedly called on journalists to apologise for implicating him in the politically motivated traffic scandal, which led to the indictment of former aides and allies.
He pushed that message again in an MSNBC interview on Monday, his first appearance on the network in more than a year.
The New Jersey governor has been campaigning heavily in New Hampshire since his official presidential launch, and said that Granite State voters don’t ask him about Bridgegate.
“Nobody cares,” Christie said in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday.
“The only people up in New Hampshire who ask me about it is the press who follow me to New Hampshire,” he added.
In 2013, members of Christie’s gubernatorial staff were caught ordering lane closures on the George Washington Bridge after a local lawmaker refused to endorse the governor for reelection.
Christie brushed off critics who blame him for creating a workplace where staffers felt that they could seek retribution for political positions, saying instead that the media should apologise for “convicting” the governor when multiple investigations haven’t been able to prove his involvement.
“Instead of just standing up and saying what they should say, which is, ‘We’re sorry governor, for having jumped to conclusions, we’re sorry for not only having accused you, but convicted you,’ they say, ‘Oh, it’s a culture,'” Christie told MSNBC.
Christie clarified that he was “accountable” for the scandal because it happened on his watch, but he wasn’t responsible for his staffers’ actions.
Despite Christie’s claims that no voters ask him about Bridgegate, there have been some instances of New Hampshire voters bringing up the subject to the governor.
In May, MSNBC reported that a woman at a Granite State town-hall event said that she was “horrified” when she heard about the scandal. And a month earlier, patrons at a New Hampshire diner teased Christie about the scandal.
“When they told me you were coming here, I went down to make sure — personally — that the bridges were going to be open,” patron Buck Mercier told Christie, according to the New York Times.
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