Asked about Christie, many reserve judgment
Fellow politicians yesterday largely steered clear of the traffic scandal that has engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, saying it was too soon to weigh in on the controversy.
“I think this is a story that’s still developing, and we should reserve judgment,” Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, said on Face the Nation.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, also declined to pass judgment. “I don’t know that I can shed a lot of light on it,” he said. “I mean, this is still early, and the people of New Jersey and the authorities up there will get to the bottom of things.”
Reince Preibus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said he did not think Christie had a direct role in the decision-making over the bridge or that he knew of a coverup. Rather, he said, the governor erred – and acknowledged having done so – in trusting aides who lied to him.
“We all make mistakes. But the real question is what do you do when mistakes happen?” Preibus said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “America’s a forgiving people.”