Transcript for Gov. Christie Tells Diane Sawyer His Style Didn't 'Inspire' Bridge Scandal
It was the scandal that threatened to derail the governor of New Jersey and no nonsense tough talking Chris Christie. Let's make it tonight going to be -- -- -- A rising political star with national aspirations. You'll remember on America's busiest bridge for four days straight driver refused to thirty minute commute. -- suddenly locked in two to three to four hour gridlock. Emergency vehicles delayed children in school buses desperate people making calls to 91 month. And not -- and the provoking questions could this all be political payback. For a local mayor who hadn't supported Christie's reelection. And then we read text messages showing some of Christie's appointees and assistant seem to be chortling one of them saying is it wrong but I'm smiling. And tonight some of the people who -- those emails have still not talked about what they said or did not say to Governor Christie. One of them deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly seen here with the governor. Another member of the Port Authority David Wild steam rumbling about getting immunity. But until they do the governor points out a new report issued today clearest him and he sat down with me and his family home. To explain why. -- -- It says that I had no knowledge so that before it happened. -- that authorizes them and or have anything to do with it and that's -- true. But doesn't make you feel clueless that it make you feel like. What was wrong with -- not clueless but it certainly makes me feel. Taking advantage of and also more importantly and I -- -- -- let people down. By not knowing some times people to inexplicably. Stupid things. But critics point out the report was commissioned by the Christie administration itself I want to get what everybody is saying about this report. Words are used white wash expensive. Scam. That. The taxpayers of -- just paid for your lawyers to find you blameless first off. These are not my -- Since a law firm that you've been affiliated with in the past you know one of the partners he has chosen by the office. -- -- probably hardly a law firm. In this area that I haven't had some interaction with after being. The United States attorney but the bottom line is that these people have their own professional and personal reputations. Six from a former federal prosecutors they're not a whitewash -- thing for me. David Wild sting in a transportation officials said he once told -- something about traffic. David Wild sting has said that of the 9/11 event. He'd. Talk to you about traffic it's a little ambiguous exactly what. -- Yeah I don't have any -- that Diane David was one of hundreds of people that I spoke to that they I don't have any recollection of him saying anything about the in this I think we didn't send. He didn't say -- by the way governor I'm closing down some -- in the George Washington Bridge to stick it to the mayor is not okay. That I remember. But critics remember the lure of Christie's brash personal style am lieutenant governor could just shut up -- second. Usable. Samples that PP disagree with them he's going to get seemed to understand -- -- gonna seek revenge. The governor has certainly conducted himself over the last four years says the worst. Combination of a bully and loss. As you know the word polling. Bullying. Comes up over and over again have you ask yourself. Did I do anything. To create the climate. In which this happen. Sure. Spent a lot of time last eleven weeks. Thinking about what that I do. If anything to contribute to this -- -- -- that I did. But I'm certainly disappointed in myself that I wasn't able to pick up these treats and these people you don't think there's a -- And possibility. That they thought it rough and tumble style. In Jersey politics. That they thought this would please -- now that this was for you know. I don't believe it was for me. But did you -- children but -- you say our oldest son was home on break and and he asked me did you do this. It's -- tough question. -- -- -- -- -- -- And I said no I didn't and he said good I'm glad to -- to change in the leadership style. Now. I am white and -- for some people they love it I won't say -- -- -- -- -- for most people but that's it in their loved the most and what about Iowa. What I think they -- me and I -- to Diana. I've been -- a -- I think they love me -- -- has suspended toughest time and you're. Toughest -- my professional life -- a personalized bring you at any point. -- thought maybe -- step down made -- this is just too. This is too much never. -- -- -- -- For Nightline I'm Diane Sawyer here in New York.
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