Christie apologizes, fires aide; rebukes advisor with ties to NH primary campaigns
As the head of the party's governors association and a possible 2016 White House contender, the tough-talking governor has sought to present himself as a leader who can work with opponents and forge bipartisan alliances.
"In the long run, I think it's much ado about nothing," said Duprey, who is neutral because of his RNC post.
"Beyond that, this may actually benefit Gov. Christie in the long run because he showed something that is both refreshing and in very short supply in Washington, which is the ability to take responsibility, to own up to a mistake, acknowledge he's in charge of the team even when people did things wrong that he didn't know about, apologize and correct course," said Duprey, a former state party chairman.
Matt Mowers, the executive director of the New Hampshire State Republican Committee, previously served as regional political director for Christie's gubernatorial campaign last year. From 2010-2013, Mowers was regional director for legislative and intergovernmental affairs in the N.J. Governor's Office with Christie.
Christie said at his news conference that he dismissed his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, who in the most damning email, wrote to a Port Authority executive in August, saying: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."
Wildstein later admitted ordering the lane closures and resigned his post.
The emails were supplied to the media by Wildstein in response to a subpoena issued by a panel of state lawmakers.
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