Christie talks to Megyn Kelly about Bridgegate and 2016

Updated on 6:17 p.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) sat down for an interview with Fox News's Megyn Kelly Friday, before his news conference about his lawyers' internal investigation into a scheme to create a traffic jam by closing lanes to the George Washington Bridge.


Source: Fox News

 

When asked if he has “too much baggage now to run for president," he responded, “That will be for other people to judge. There’s no baggage here because I didn’t do anything. And that eventually will wash out as it’s starting to already. Because what the American people and the people of New Jersey really care about is ‘did you do it?’ And when they find out you didn’t, I think what you’re going to find is that they’ll just say ‘okay.’”

At the earlier news conference, he announced that the Port Authority chairman, David Samson, was resigning from his position. Although Samson is facing federal investigations and has come under scrutiny in the "Bridgegate" scandal, Christie told the press, “I think that his role was not central in any of these things, nor has it ever been alleged that his role was central. He is 74 years old and he is tired."

Given the firings and resignations that have followed the apparently politically motivated lane closures, Kelly asked him whether the public should trust his judgment in choosing public officials. "I think if you look at the people I’ve surrounded myself with over time, they’re really exemplary, extraordinary people who have helped to produce results that the whole country has come to notice," he said. "And now it turns out there are couple people who turned out to be a mistake, that I made a mistake in judging their judgment and their character and I admit that mistake and I’m sorry that it happened.

"But I can’t, when I work with human beings, be held to a standard of perfection in them and in me. All I can say is I’ve learned from this, I’m going to be asking a lot more questions than I used to before and maybe trust less unconditionally and that’s one of things I’ve clearly learned from this.”

Kelly also asked about how his family had responded to the scrutiny he had received the past few months. He said the worst moment was when his 20-year-old son asked him if he was responsible for the lane-closure scheme. "Andrew read everything, watched everything and calls me and comments on it. And I said, ‘Are things tough for you at school?’ And he's at Princeton, and he said, ‘No, it's really no different, Dad, they never liked you here anyways.’”

When asked whether the scandal has made his family more supportive of whatever 2016 ambitions he might have, he said, "Oh, I don't think so. No. I mean, I don't know how it would, because some of the frenzy around this has been a little overwhelming. But I think what it's done is it's given them a window into public life in a different way.”

Christie is speaking Saturday at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting, an event that always stirs up presidential speculation.

He also addressed his relationship with the media, saying he's "always had the same view." "I understand that you can be the flavor of the month. Sometimes, in a good way in the flavor of the month, sometimes in a bad way.” At today's press conference, he asked one reporter, "Are you stupid?" He told another reporter their question was “so awful that it’s beneath the job you hold.” As he left, he said, "I’m sorry for the idiot over there. Take care."

The whole interview with air on" The Kelly File" Friday and Monday.

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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