Christie Fires Kelly and Stepien, U.S. Attorney Opens Bridgegate Investigation

A contrite and “heartbroken” Governor Chris Christie answered questions for almost two hours today from the state and national press corps in a press conference in which he announced the firing of his Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly and his long time political manager Bill Stepien.   Kelly’s employment was terminated first thing this morning and Stepien was advised that his consultancy with the Republican Governors Association was terminated and that Christie is withdrawing his nomination as Chairman of the NJ GOP.

Christie said he fired Kelly because she lied to him about her prior knowledge of the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.  Stepien was let go because Christie lost confidence in the political operative’s judgement after reading his participation in the emails released in the Bridgegate controversy yesterday.

The New York Times is reporting that U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman has opened an investigation into the Bridgegate matter today at the request of the Port Authority of NY/NJ’s Inspector General.

Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

One Comment on “Christie Fires Kelly and Stepien, U.S. Attorney Opens Bridgegate Investigation”

  1. One of the said at 2:34 pm on January 10th, 2014:

    better quotes of lib FDR was: “Be sincere, be brief, be seated”… 107 minutes was ridiculous: sadly only enunciated the thought that, yeah, most of this whole image and career wa/ is, “all about him..” Hello, gang: damage control mode- you have exactly 11 more days to make his second Inaugural a “Peoples’ Inaugural”.. Let the private donors,the leftover campaign bucks,or the current Pres. Campaign account, buy up 2-300 tickets to Ellis Island, and either let the chairs give them out, or, better,do an online, first-come, first-served ticket giveaway, bring in the Ft. Lee bus kids, the local high school band, and all the vets from up there, and let the cameras roll- or it,basically,is o-v-e-r!