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The 11 best quotes from Christie’s press conference

The New Jersey Republican governor said his goal is not to please everyone but to please "the people that elected me governor," during a news conference in which he announced the firing of one of his senior aides Thursday. (New Jersey Office of the Governor)

1. “I am who I am, but I am not a bully.”

2.  “Politics ain’t beanbag, and everybody who engages in politics knows that."

3.  “I am not a focus-group-tested, blow-dried candidate or governor."

4.  “I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here."

5. "Actions have consequences, and I’m living up to that right now.”

6.  “I probably wouldn't know a traffic study if I tripped over it.”

7.   “I am heartbroken that someone I permitted to be in that circle of trust for the last five years betrayed my trust."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference Jan. 9, 2014, at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. Christie has fired a to (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

8. “There’s no justification for ever lying to a governor or a person of authority in this administration. As a result, I’ve terminated Bridget’s employment immediately this morning.”

9. “I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my staff."

10. "What did I do wrong to have these people think it was OK to lie to me?"

11. "I'm sick over this."




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