Despite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's protestations that he was innocent of helping orchestrate bridge-gate, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says it's still too soon to know.
"We've got to know the facts. If, in fact, it turns out that there's been a lot of bullying going on and a lot of hard-nosed . . . back-and-forth-type politics to the detriment of the public, then that's going to come out and the governor won't fare well," Gilmore told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"But it's too soon to know whether those are the facts or not," he said Monday.
Christie, who had been considered the GOP's front-running candidate for a 2016 presidential run, has been fighting for his political life after it emerged that his top aides orchestrated a four-day traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for political payback against a mayor.
Christie has insisted he was lied to and betrayed by those staffers, all of whom have since resigned or been fired.
Gilmore said the tone of a governor's administration is "set by the governor in his approach, in his private conversations, his laughing together with his assistants — they all set a tone about what kind of administration you're going to have."
"We worked in Richmond when I was governor," Gilmore said, "to make sure that people were included, that we had opportunity to really try to solve issues . . . That's the kind of tone you need to set."
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