Thanks, but no thanks.
That’s the message Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich has for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his offer to personally apologize to him and residents in the area following word that members of Christie’s staff helped orchestrate massive traffic jams at a busy commuter bridge as part of a political vendetta against Sokolich for not publicly supporting Christie during the last election.
There had been rumors floating for months that certain members of his staff hatched a plan that led to the four-day lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last September, causing massive delays.
Christie repeatedly denied the charges, until emails surfaced Wednesday showing the governor's deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, played a role.
"I was blind-sided," Christie said during a lengthy press conference Thursday, claiming Kelly "lied" to him when he asked senior staffers weeks ago about the lane closures.
He said he has fired Kelly, "effective immediately." He also cracked down on his former campaign manager, Bill Stepien, for his involvement in the incident.
Christie repeatedly apologized for the lane closings and reiterated he was not behind it. He also said he’d go to Fort Lee to personally apologize.
When a reporter told him during the news conference that Sokolich said a visit would be “premature and disruptive,” the governor said he would go up regardless and apologize to residents.
“If he doesn’t want to meet with me today, I’m still going to go up to Fort Lee today . . . because I think it’s important to apologize to folks.”http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/09/fort-lee-mayor-to-christie-dont-come-here-to-apologize/