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Probe Launched, Christie Goes into Damage Control

09-07-2014
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office is scheduled to release thousands of internal documents in an investigation into his staff's involvement in closing several lanes of the George Washington Bridge last September.

On Thursday, Christie apologized and fired Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, who was implicated in the scandal.

Christie said he had no knowledge of the plan, but maintains it's ultimately his responsibility.

Emails and text messages revealed that Kelly ordered the closures, causing massive traffic jams for days.

The move was said to be political payback after Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich declined to support the Republican governor's reelection bid.

Political analysts say Christie, who may run for president in 2016, is likely to survive the scandal, provided there are no more surprises.

"Will this be a trickle, trickle, trickle situation?" asked CBN News political reporter David Brody.

"In other words Christie says he knew nothing about any of this, but in about a week or maybe a few days from now what if all of a sudden he did know, or there's a sense he did know, or there are other aides that knew and all of a sudden Christie's the only one that didn't know -- and that raises the question of how could the governor of a state like New Jersey not know any of this was going on," Brody said.

"So, I think we'll find out soon enough whether this hurts his reputation," he said.

Investigators are looking for evidence Christie knew about the plan.

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