Christie’s ‘Emotional’ Bridgegate Meeting
Details about the meeting were released as part of a report explaining the Christie administration’s internal investigation into the controversial lane closings at the George Washington Bridge. The report blames the alleged coverup entirely on former Port Authority official David Wildstein and former Christie aide Bridget Kelly. The findings were officially released during a 75-minute press conference Thursday morning held by Randy Mastro, lead attorney for the internal investigation.
The report states that "on Jan. 8, 2014, the Governor called together his top aides and advisers at Drumthwacket. It was an emotional session, in which the Governor, welling up with tears, expressed shock at the revelations, directed Kelly’s immediate firing for lying to him, and also decided to sever ties with (former campaign manager Bill) Stepien."
The following morning, as Christie prepared for his press conference, Kelly texted a former staff member, apologizing for her actions.
“I’m sorry to tarnish IGA (intergovernmental affairs),” Kelly said in the text, according to the report.