Axelrod: Bridge-Gate Shows Christie Had 'Culture Problem' in His Office

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 01:37 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former White House political adviser David Axelrod said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's may have ignored a "culture problem" in his office that office that led to the so-called bridge-gate scandal and the subsequent firing of a top aide.

"He should have acknowledged in that press conference that maybe there was a culture problem in his office. Maybe there was something he needs to address in himself," Axelrod, who engineered President Barack Obama's two campaigns, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Friday.

"You need to acknowledge that there was something amiss in your office, if someone as close as this woman [Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly] was to him, could take that action and think that he would think it was all right. And, he didn't do that. I think that was a missed opportunity for him," he added.



As the scandal over the ordered lane shutdown last fall on the George Washington Bridge separating Jersey from New York plays out, Axelrod said taking ownership of the situation could help the Republican governor offset criticism of "the things that are almost surely going to roll out, even if he was innocent of any involvement in this particular scheme."

Overall, Axelrod said Christie gave a "very, very strong performance" as he spent nearly two hours answering reporters' questions about Kelly and another aide allegedly engineering the lane shut down to snarl traffic in Fort Lee, N.J. as political payback for the town's Democratic mayor refusing to endorse Christie's re-election campaign in October.

"I thought he was very good yesterday in his press conference. I thought he handled it about as well as could be handled," Axelrod said.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Missouri Dems: Rand Paul Was Right - Ferguson Looked Like Fallujah

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 22:13 PM

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul was right about the dangers of militarizing local police, two Missouri Democratic law . . .

Gen. Hayden to Newsmax: ISIS Vying for World Dominance With al-Qaida

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 21:26 PM

The Islamic State (ISIS) is competing with al-Qaida and could easily attack the United States to establish itself as the . . .

Romney and Ryan Reunite in Chicago, Call for Fair Probe in Ferguson

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 21:20 PM

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, are reuniting in Chicago in their first j . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved