Jersey girl and "Sex In The City" star Sarah Jessica Parker said Tuesday on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe"
that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should take responsibility for setting a "tone" in his office that led to the Bridge-gate scandal enveloping his administration.
Discussing the governor’s two-hour, Jan. 9 news conference in which Christie denied knowledge of the September closure of several lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge that caused gridlock in Fort Lee, Parker said:
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“What I kept waiting for him to say, which I think would have done enormous goodwill for him at that moment, was 'I rergret that I ever set a tone in my office that it made it seem to anybody who was working with me, subordinate or not, that any of this kind of behavior was acceptable.' And he never really said that.”
Parker went to high school in Englewood, N.J., and her parents — whom she called “old-school lefties” — still live there.
Parker is a liberal who has hosted fundraising events for Barack Obama and New York’s progressive new Mayor Bill de Blasio. She brought up the subject after talking about her new shoe line and Broadway show.
Christie steadfastly denies that he had anything to do with road closures and was unaware of then-Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly telling Port Authority official and Christie appointee David Wildstein that it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” after the Democratic mayor there refused to endorse the Republican Governor’s bid for re-election.
Wildstein’s response to Kelly during the Aug. 13 email exchange: “Got it.”
Kelly was fired.
Christie, at the January news conference, said, “I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue in its planning or its execution.” He also said he was “stunned by the abject stupidity shown here.”
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