BRICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – After addressing the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, Gov. Chris Christie speaking at a town hall Thursday talked about bouncing back after a challenge.
“We are always judged not by the fall, but how we get up. In every aspect of our life, we judge people by how they react when they’re challenged,” said the governor.
At Thursday’s town hall, Christie told the audience in Brick he would have stopped aides from blocking George Washington Bridge traffic if he had known about the plan in advance.
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Christie said that “if anybody had come to me” to talk about causing traffic jams, “I would have stopped it.” Emails show his aides knew the lanes were intentionally closed last September to create gridlock in Fort Lee, whose Democratic mayor did not endorse Christie, a Republican.
Christie said there is no merit to allegations that his administration encouraged retribution politics.
“The best part of this job is every day, every day, I wake up and have a chance to do something great. I don’t do something great every day because I’m human. But every morning when I wake up and get out of bed, I know because I’m governor, I have a chance to do something great for someone, who I probably will never meet and certainly will never know,” Christie said. “That’s a blessing that you’ve all bestowed upon me and for however long I get to be governor, however long that is, that’s the gift you’ve given me.”
The scandal has overshadowed Christie as he contemplates a 2016 presidential run.
The governor has been holding town halls in Republican-friendly communities as he tries to rebound from the scandal.
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