Outraged Governor Christie slams staff for misleading him

Christie: “The people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way.” Photo: AP

TRENTON, NJ, January 8, 2014 — Governor Chris Christie released a statement Wednesday after emails and texts from deputy chief of staff Bridget Ann Kelly surfaced alleging her improper conduct in a controversial traffic jam currently being investigated by former New Jersey state Democratic Party Chairman and Hillary Clinton presidential campaign supporter Assemblyman John Wisniewski.

Christie’s statement read: “What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge.”

The official statement continued: “One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”

Christie, who has been heralded for his leadership in advancing teacher tenure and pension reforms, taking the reins during Superstorm Sandy, and for making huge gains across the partisan aisle passing four balanced budgets and earning the support of democrat and minority voters, has a solid reputation for forbidding malfeasance.

As U.S. Attorney for the district of New Jersey prior to being elected governor, Christie was known for his tough stance on rooting out political corruption and prosecuting republicans and democrats alike. It comes as no surprise that he will take that same hard-line approach on his deputy chief of staff for any wrongdoing she may be responsible for in this botched traffic study. Critics claim the study was political retribution aimed at Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie for re-election.

Sokolich told CNN that he did not recall Christie ever asking him for an endorsement and said that he did not believe Christie was aware or involved.

Christie — GQ Magazine’s 2013 “Man of the Year” also dubbed the ‘The Boss” and “The Master of Disaster’” by Time Magazine as a moniker to describe his leadership in times of crisis—will likely emerge from this scandal stronger than before, as he has in most of the storms he has faced. He survives despite the old political adage: “They’re throwing everything at me except the kitchen sink.” In this case it’s the George Washington Bridge and a traffic jam being thrown at the charismatic leader of New Jersey

Christie has a track record of success, strength, leadership, popularity and integrity that will likely not be tarnished by the transgressions of others. It is likely that the ‘Master of Disaster’ will emerge ‘stronger than the storm’.

About the Author:

Rich Valdes is a regular writer for The Washington Times Communities, a, speaker, an entrepreneur, and a former official in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Administration. As a leader, communicator, and strategic coach, Rich has a track record of success in leadership, marketing, event planning, and government service. Learn more about him at www.RichValdes.com and follow on Twitter @richvaldes


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Rich Valdes is a former official in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Administration, an award-winning marketing director, and manager who has led staff and projects for various colleges, state policy initiatives, celebrity entertainers, faith based organizations, and non-profit charities. Rich has run small businesses, created strategic messaging campaigns to increase college student enrollment revenue, and produced high-profile public relations events to raise awareness for various brands.

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