New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie claimed a report issued by a law firm hired by his office exonerated him of any involvement in a politically motivated traffic study last fall that paralyzed the town of Fort Lee, N.J.
“Anyone who thought something like this would be pleasing or acceptable to me doesn’t know me in the first place,” Christie said.
Christie spoke during a Friday press conference, his first in three months since evidence linking one of his aides to the traffic study first came out.
New Jersey Democrats have expressed skepticism about the objectivity of the report, which was commissioned by the Christie administration. The Legislature’s Select Committee on Investigation released a statement condemning the report.
“Lawyers hired by and paid by the Christie administration itself to investigate the governor’s office who then say the governor and most of his office did nothing wrong will not be the final word on this matter,” the statement read.
Regardless of what the report says, Christie’s office is still being investigated by both the legislative committee and federal authorities.
Christie also announced the resignation of David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Christie said Samson had wanted to retire for some time, but that he had asked Samson to stay on as his administration transitioned to the new term.