Port Authority chair quits in wake of ‘bridge gate;’ Christie not surprised

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The head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has tendered his resignation.

Governor Chris Christie spoke to reporters in the wake of a report that clears him in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal.

Governor Christie says he has reviewed the independent report that calls for a top to bottom reform of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey  and believes it has some great recommendations.

“I agree with the main thrust of the report and the need for fundamental structural change at the port authority,” he said. “I’m particularly intrigued by the idea of dismantling the port authority operations from under one roof to two.”

Christie says he has accepted the resignation of Port Authority Chairman David Samson who says it’s time for a change at the agency. As for if it would hurt a potential run for the White House, Christie isn’t worried.

“In the long sweep of things any voters if they consider this issue at all in considering my candidacy if there is one I got a feeling it will be a small element of it if any element at all,” he said.

Christie says it “mystifies” him “on every level” as to why the lanes were closed and why a key staffer lied to him about it.   He says he hopes someday there will be a definite answer.

 

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