RNC chairman: Christie can still run for president

  • Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 4:34 p.m.
AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walks past reporters as he leaves City Hall, in Fort Lee, N.J., after apologizing in person to Mayor Mark Sokolich. Moving quickly to contain a widening political scandal, Christie fired one of his top aides Thursday and apologized repeatedly for the “abject stupidity” of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with Sokolich, for not supporting his re-election campaign. A New Jersey legislative committee investigating the traffic-jam scandal released hundreds of documents Friday that could shed more light on the politically motivated lane closings that created gridlock at the George Washington Bridge.
AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walks past reporters as he leaves City Hall, in Fort Lee, N.J., after apologizing in person to Mayor Mark Sokolich. Moving quickly to contain a widening political scandal, Christie fired one of his top aides Thursday and apologized repeatedly for the “abject stupidity” of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with Sokolich, for not supporting his re-election campaign. A New Jersey legislative committee investigating the traffic-jam scandal released hundreds of documents Friday that could shed more light on the politically motivated lane closings that created gridlock at the George Washington Bridge.

TRENTON, N.J. — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE’-bus) says a traffic jam scandal won’t disqualify New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from running for president.

Appearing on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Priebus says Republican primary voters could move past the scandal that has ensnared the administration as polls show Christie as a top contender in 2016.

Priebus says: “America’s a forgiving people.”

He says Christie demonstrated leadership by holding a lengthy news conference Thursday to apologize for his staff’s behavior.

The chairman says, “We all make mistakes.” He says, “The real question is: What do you do when mistakes happen?”

Christie fired the top aide who gave the go-ahead to shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge and cut ties with one of his top campaign advisers.

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