Christie statement on bridge controversy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) issued the following statement after newly disclosed communications showed his deputy chief of staff plotting to create traffic problems as apparent political retribution:

"What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable, and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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