Chris Christie Fires Top Aide, Apologizes for Bridge Scandal


The traffic that ensued delayed not only commuters and school children, but emergency response personnel, according to a letter from Fort Lee, N.J., EMS coordinator Paul Favia to Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich.

Democrats alleged that Christie's staff sought to punish Sokolich for declining to endorse him. Christie, however has insisted that Sokolich was "never on my radar. I wouldn't be able to pick him out of a line up."

Christie traveled to Fort Lee to meet with Mayor Sokolich and Fort Lee residents Thursday afternoon.

After a more than 30-minute meeting with the mayor, Christie said "we had a good and productive meeting" and said "yes" when he was asked if he felt better afterward. He signed autographs and chatted with a residents.

And back in Trenton, the chairman of the state's transportation committee, New Jersey legislator John Wisniewski, said that Wildstein would not be the only Christie aide called to testify. Wisniewski said he would likely subpoena Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien next.

"I don't know about the governor's future at this point. He's in damage control," Wisniewski said.

He said there are between 3,000 and 5,000 pages of documents -- mostly e-mails -- that will be released to the press and public regarding the traffic scandal.

"I find it hard to believe Bridget Kelly came up with the decision herself," Wisniewski said, adding "It strains credibility that this was a rogue operation in the governor's office."

Meanwhile, the once local story has now become a national headline.

And as a potential 2016 presidential contender, the nation is watching how he manages this embarrassing and potentially politically dangerous situation on his own turf.

And the national parties are using the incident to chip away at Christie's national image.

"For 121 days, Chris Christie disparaged the questioners and later lied saying no one in his office was involved," said Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a statement Wednesday. "That was clearly untrue given the discovery of emails that came directly from his own top staff. Time's up, Governor."

Michael Falcone and Beth Lloyd contributed reporting.

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