NJ Governor 'embarrassed' over bridge scandal claims

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he is "embarrassed and humiliated" by conduct of some people on his team following a scandal over his staff's alleged role in shutting down lanes onto the busy George Washington Bridge to punish a mayor.

Christie said, "There is no doubt in my mind that the conduct that they exhibited is completely unacceptable and showed a lack of respect for the appropriate role of government and for the people that we are trusted to serve".

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses a news conference.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses a news conference. Credit: RTV

Christie, a possible Republican White House contender, held a news conference after he became enmeshed in the scandal.

Read: Could the Governor's White House ambitions could be halted by a traffic jam?

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US Governor 'knew of lane closures at time' of traffic jam

A US official who ordered the closure of lanes on a congested bridge in New Jersey last September has claimed that Governor Chris Christie was aware of the move at the time. Mr Christie has repeatedly said he first learned of the closure last month.