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    Christie Owns Up - Is It Enough? (vv)


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     k3vsDad told me he watched Governor Chris Christie's news conference: 'In what is so uncommon these days, Governor Chris Christie was forthright and open to the questioning by reporters today. While his opening statement of apology and acceptance of full responsibility for the actions of members of his staff was fairly short, the time he spent with the reporters was a bit of fresh air compared to what we have seen lately on the national stage. The reporters were not restricted. The questions were answered. Whether people in New Jersey are willing to take the Governor at his word that he learned only yesterday about the bridge scandal remains to be seen. While refreshing that rather than being defensive and deflecting blame on others, the press conference today did bring up the question of Christie’s judgment in selecting the people who are close to him and his ability to trust and understand those people. We still don’t know what the actual political reason was behind the actions of some on his staff and on the Port Authority. The reason initially proffered doesn’t seem to tell the tale. Christie must continue to be upfront, open and willing to take action no matter where it must be done and where the investigation leads.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    In  a press conference this morning, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie  owned up to his responsibility in the George Washington Bridge fiasco  and that he made wrong decisions in holding close and trusting some of  the people around him, including his deputy chief of staff and former  campaign manager.

    But is it enough?

    Only  the people of New Jersey can determine whether Christie has taken the  appropriate and enough action in this unfolding scandal. How the  citizens of New Jersey respond to the Governor could have ramifications  beyond the state borders.

    Christie's  aspirations for the White House may be in jeopardy. But with his press  conference today, he may have quelled some of the doubts that have been  raised in the minds of Republicans in the heart land.

    It  was already going to be a hard sell for Christie to win over very  conservative primary and caucus voters in the Midwest and the South.  This, however, may give those voters even more pause and cast Christie  as like every other politician rather than the different breed that he  has attempted to portray over the past four years.

    As  head of the Republican Governors Association, Christie may regain his  footing as he goes out, raises money for Republican candates and stumps  for those candidates on the trail. But this incident may cloud faith in  his judgment and ability to keep his own staff in line.

    By  coming out and taking responsibility for the very evident vicious  political ploy aimed at punishing a Democratic mayor who did not support  his re-election campaign, Christie may have, barring any new  revelations, made this scandal a minor issue should he run for the  presidency in 2016. At the same time, it does call into question  Christie's judgment of people with whom he surrounds himself.

    It  also seems to place him in the same vein as another chief executive who  professes constantly to not know what is going on within his  administration.

    From  the Cornfield, Christie came out contrite and less combative as is his  normal personality. Christie took responsibility and has taken action  and vowed to take more action if needed.

    The question remains for his constituents in New Jersey: Is it enough?

    Any  talk of national political ambition is on hold waiting for Garden State  voters to determine the Governor's fitness to continue and whether they  will accept his apology.

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