Gov. Christie Tells Diane Sawyer His Style Didn't 'Inspire' Bridge Scandal


Christie acknowledged that the last two months have been the hardest time of his professional life as the bridge scandal overtook public discussion about him and his administration.

Though the last weeks have been trying, Christie told Sawyer he never considered stepping down.

“I’m not a quitter,” he said. “You don’t do that. Certainly, from my perspective, position, I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong, so there is no reason for me to leave. In fact there is even more of a reason for me to stay, to fix it. That’s who I am — someone who has to fix things. Make them better. So, for me it was even more of an incentive not to go.”

Christie has made limited public appearances since the scandal first erupted and has refused almost every opportunity to volley with the press. His interview today is expected to mark the start of a new chapter at the beginning of Christie’s second term in office. The governor is scheduled to meet reporters for a full news conference at his Statehouse office Friday.

He told Sawyer that he is likely to enact a series of recommendations made by his attorneys, including the appointment of a chief ethics officer in the governor’s office who would train staff and monitor their conduct.

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