New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will speak to reporters at the statehouse in Trenton on Thursday morning, local media in New Jersey reported, in an attempt to contain damage from revelations that his top aides forced days of traffic jams by closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political retribution.

Emails made public on Wednesday implicate Christie’s chief of staff and two of his political appointees at the Port Authority. The scandal raises doubts about efforts by Christie, considered a top GOP White House hopeful in 2016, to portray himself as above the political fray. will carry the 11 a.m. news conference live.

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