Governor Christie Sworn in for Second Term Amid Scandal
Christie has been dealing with the biggest scandal of his political career–one that could shadow a possible run for president two years, or even force him to resign from the Governor’s office. Several key members of his team were allegedly involved in a scheme to make travel on the George Washington Bridge by way of Fort Lee very difficult with unnecessary lane closures. The move was reportedly political retribution for Lee’s Mayor refusing to support Christie’s re-election campaign. Christie has denied knowing about or being involved in the planning of the traffic interruption.
An investigation is also underway involving the spending of aid following Superstorm Sandy.
As he took the podium in Trenton for his inaugural address, he asked for cooperation with the state legislature and stressed the need for bipartisanship.
“We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes the media and pundits put us in; we have to be willing to reach out to others who look or speak differently than us; we have to be willing to personally reach out a helping hand to a neighbor suffering from drug addiction, depression or the dignity stripping loss of a job,” Christie said.
Christie did not directly address the controversy Tuesday, and he appeared intent on moving passed the issue.
The New Jersey state legislature is continuing to investigate ‘Bridgegate’. Last week it issued more subpoenas to Christie aides, The Huffington Post reports.