Christie’s supporters Optimistic that Bridge Scandal Charges will not affect his Presidential Bid
Mixed views have been provided for Governor Chris Christie as he makes efforts to regain momentum in support of an expected presidential bid after the charges were imposed on his three former allies.
It appears that Gov. Christie has been cleared of allegations that he deliberately got involved in a scheme intended to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. However, the US Attorney's Office in New Jersey brought charges that still hit close to home. Indictment has happened for his former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and his former top appointee to the authority that controls the bridge, Bill Baroni. Another ally, David Wildstein, pleaded guilty to the two counts of conspiracy.
Mr. Wildstein's guilty plea gives a reason to the people of New Jersey to be wary of Gov. Christie's leadership style built upon bullying and retaliation, said State Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a Democrat and co-chairman of a legislative committee investigating the scandal.
Christie's aides and backers are optimistic that the development will pave the way for the governor to move ahead of the setback and focus on presidential elections next year. This is despite the fact that legal proceedings have just begun.
Christie said in statement that today’s charges have made it crystal clear that whatever he said from day one is true. He said that he knew nothing and was not involved in the planning or execution of this act. The statement added, “The moment I first learned of this unacceptable behavior I took action, firing staff believed to be accountable, calling for an outside investigation and agreeing to fully cooperate with all appropriate investigations, which I have done”.
Fergus Cullen, a former chair of the state's Republican Party, said the perceptions of most New Hampshire voters are unlikely to change.
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