EDISON - Gov. Chris Christie says the Bridge-Gate investigation is a distraction, but it won't keep him from doing his job.
The governor topped off a busy day with his monthly appearance on New Jersey 101.5 FM, simulcast on News 12 New Jersey.
Gov. Christie was asked by studio host Eric Scott why he didn't speak with former Port Authority official and close friend Bill Baroni about the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. "You look at everything through the prism of what you know after Jan. 8," he says. "All of this stuff will come out in time. I'm not going to give in to the hysteria."
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The governor also said that he fired former aide Bridget Kelly after emails calling for traffic troubles at the bridge became public. Christie was asked if he thought Kelly ordered the lane closures on her own. "We're in the midst of an investigation. We develop all the facts, and review the documents," Christie says. "Maybe I'll have a better view of what went on."
Campaign manager Bill Stepien was also dismissed by the governor. Both he and Kelly are refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Gov. Christie admitted that his poll numbers have dropped, but he also said that a lot of governors in the region have poll numbers that are lower than his.