"Unacceptable": Chris Christie releases statement on bridge scandal

The likely 2016 hopeful says he's "outraged" and "deeply saddened" by the latest revelations

Published January 8, 2014 10:00PM (EST)

In the wake of revelations that high-ranking members of his staff were involved in a political payback scheme that led to massive traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released a statement Wednesday evening castigating an unnamed member of his staff and promising "people will be held responsible for their actions."

Here's Christie's statement in full:

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. 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.

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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