New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken swift action to remedy the bridge traffic scandal by firing a member of his staff, apologizing, and taking responsibility for the actions of his administration.
At a Thursday morning press conference, Christie announced the firing of deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, who allegedly orchestrated a traffic jam with a Port Authority director as an act of political vengeance.
“I had no knowledge or involvement on this issue in its planning or its execution, and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover,” Christie said during a Thursday morning press conference.
“I take this action today because it’s my job. I am responsible for what happened,” Christie said.
According to documents, Kelly emailed a Port Authority director, David Wildstein, insinuating that he should close lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in the town of Fort Lee to punish the town’s Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, for not endorsing Christie.
Wildstein resigned in December. Bill Stepian, a former campaign manager for Christie, was also involved, engaging in a text message exchange with Kelly appearing to mock Fort Lee voters. Christie asked Stepian not to run for state Republican Party chair, and to cease consulting for the Republican Governor’s Association.
Many conservatives were pleased with Christie’s quick action, and willingness to take responsibility – unless more evidence surfaces showing Christie had a deeper involvement.
“He took immediate action. He was contrite and genuinely distraught,” noted KTTH host David Boze immediately following the Thursday press conference. “If he was lying in any way, this is the end of his career.”
KTTH host Ben Shapiro said on Wednesday that the scandal is about the abuse of government power – not to which party the politician belongs.
“The vast majority of America looks at this and is outraged,” Shapiro said Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter where it comes from; abuse of executive power is the problem regardless of whether you agree with the person.”
KTTH host Michael Medved said that Christie should use the scandal as an opportunity to double-down on his reputation as an anti-corruption crusader. But, the current scandal may subside before the 2016 presidential campaign – especially if Christie handles it responsibly and genuinely.
“If he was lying today – it would be insane for him to have spoken in such certain terms he did today if he were telling anything less than the truth because he’ll be caught and he’ll be disgraced,” Medved said.
Some have contrasted Christie’s response the bridge scandal to that of President Barack Obama, who has largely avoided taking responsibility for scandals like Benghazi, or the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.
Medved contrasted Christie’s response – his press conference went on from more than 90 minutes, and he took dozens of pointed questions from reporters – to that of Hillary Clinton who yelped, “What difference does it make?” under questioning about the Benghazi affair.
“Hillary Clinton of course, talking about Benghazi where people actually died, she says what difference does it make? Chris Christie never responded like that,” he said.
On Wednesday, CNN host Don Lemon asked Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., why it might be OK for Obama to blame scandals on aides or lack of knowledge, but not Christie.
“What’s the difference between Christie not knowing and the president not knowing?” Lemon said.
“The difference is the issue that President Obama said he didn’t know about were policy issues; this is a scandal,” Wasserman-Schultz responded.
Shapiro, Medved, and Boze noted the swiftness that the press went after Christie in the scandal. A similar story would have taken weeks had it involved Obama or a Democrat.
Addressing the scandal on his Thursday show, Rush Limbaugh wondered whether there is a “culture” of retaliation in New Jersey since Wildstein knew to shut down traffic with a simple email from Kelly.
“They know immediately to shut down some onramp lanes to the George Washington Bridge?” he said.
Meanwhile, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has opened an in inquiry into the bridge scandal, acting on a referral from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey inspector general.
Stop Impeachment CallsJuly 21, 2014Michael Medved says when conservatives talk publicly about impeaching Obama they discredit themselves and strengthen the president
'Kitty Hall' PR Stunt FailsJuly 17, 2014Ben Shapiro says don't be fooled by Seattle "Kitty Hall," government is not cuddly.
Why Kerry hates American exceptionalismJuly 16, 2014Ben Shapiro says Kerry is downplaying American exceptionalism, but American exceptionalism is exceptional
Let loose the Amazon dronesJuly 15, 2014770 KTTH host David Boze is ready for drone delivery
MSNBC on Hillary: 'More that she's in the public spotlight, the less the public seems to like her'July 14, 2014Has this tour been too much, too soon?” asked MSNBC afternoon anchor Craig Melvin about Hillary Clinton and her tone-deaf, gaffe-filled media blitz to promote her poorly-selling book, Hard Choices.
Getting government outJuly 14, 20148 government services we should privatize right now
Will Hillary Run? Yes.July 14, 2014The top 8 reasons why Hillary will run in 2016
The case against 'gun free' zonesJuly 10, 20149 reasons to ban gun free zones to help reduce mass shootings in public places
Sen. Murray, Dems to introduce legislation that prevents using the Religious Freedom Restoration ActJuly 9, 2014Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) along with other Senate Democrats are planning to introduce a bill that prevents using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to avoid complying with the Obamacare contraception mandate.
What Washington listens to on Independence DayJuly 3, 2014John Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." is Washington state's most popular song for Independence Day, according to Spotify.
Easier to get booze or marijuana while in high school?July 3, 2014Ben Shapiro isn't convinced the addition of legal retail stores in Washington means it's any easier for kids to get their hands on marijuana. It was already easy.
An over-the-top assessment of the Hobby Lobby rulingJuly 1, 2014The President of the National Organization for Women, Terry O’Neill appeared on MSNBC's The Ed Show to discuss the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby today.
Supreme Court rules some corporations can opt out of covering contraceptivesJuly 1, 2014In a very tightly defined ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled that Hobby Lobby and other closely held for-profit corporations may opt out of the Obamacare’s provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans.
KTTH Morning Update - June 27, 2014June 27, 2014Unprecedented crisis at the border gets worse, KTTH religious freedom debate not to be missed, Seattle rents skyrocket, and Obama calls Boehner suit a 'stunt'
KTTH Morning Update - June 26, 2014June 26, 2014Supreme Court rules Obama violated the Constitution, Boehner moves to sue Obama, gay marriage bans fall, Ikea raises its minimum wage, and a campaign to send dirty underwear to illegals
Boze, Medved dissect Cochran-McDaniel Mississippi Senate raceJune 26, 2014Host Michael Medved thanks god Chris McDaniel lost, saying he would have the damaged Republican brand, opened up seat for Democratic competition
Avoid trap on gay issuesJune 26, 2014Michael Medved advises conservatives on how to avoid liberal traps on gay issues after Rick Perry 'gays like alcoholics' kerfuffle
KTTH Morning Update - June 25, 2014June 26, 2014Thad Cochran beats Tea Partier Chris McDaniel in runoff, sharpest decline in economy since 2009, ISIS attacks former U.S. air base, Seattle man will build you a house if you let him live in it
Walid Phares reveals Iraq crisis originsJune 26, 2014Middle East expert Walid Phares talks to David Boze about the political mistakes that caused the current crisis in Iraq
KTTH Morning Update - June 24, 2014June 26, 2014Darrell Issa and House Republicans continue Koskinen probe, men use drone to spy on woman in Seattle apartment, a Republican is absolved in Jerry Sandusky case, and a huge earthquake strikes Alaska
KTTH religious freedom debate
Video: Religious freedom debate Watch the debate between Ben Shapiro, James Wellman, Valerie Tarico, Rev. Monica Corsaro, and Michael Medved.
KTTH Debate Video
Video: Minimum wage debate Watch the debate between host Ben Shapiro and Socialist Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant.
Real Estate Corner
Robin's Real Estate Reality Talk We are in a very unique market. Right now our area is showing signs of recovery. We are moving in a positive direction and gaining equity though are ways off from where we were in 2006 and 2007.