Monday 21 April 2014

Christie apology over traffic jams

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, second left, arrives at Fort Lee to apologise to Mayor Mark Sokolich.

Governor Chris Christie has apologised in person to the mayor of a New Jersey community that was the victim of apparently politically inspired traffic jams.

The New Jersey governor is a leading Republican contender for the 2016 US presidential nomination.

Mr Christie says that he had a "very good, productive meeting" at the Fort Lee municipal building with Mayor Mark Sokolich and that the mayor accepted his apology.

Mr Christie says his administration has to work to regain the trust of Fort Lee residents.

The mayor told The Record newspaper that the governor had taken "a big step" in doing so by coming to Fort Lee, and that he appreciated his visit.

Mr Christie also publicly apologised at a news conference yesterday morning in the state capital Trenton.

The controversy began when emails appeared to show that a senior aide wanted highway lanes near the George Washington Bridge closed in September because the mayor was not not endorsing Mr Christie. Mr Christie fired the aide.


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