N.J. GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE fires aide he blames for scandal that may wreck his White House bid.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has fired a top aide who engineered political payback against a town mayor, saying she lied, AP reported.
Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is the newest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend Christie's second term as Garden State and crush his run for prez in 2016.
Legal documents reveal she arranged traffic jams to punish the mayor of Fort Lee. N.J. who didn't endorse Christie for re-election.
The governor announced her firing at a presser, claiming she lied to him and he is "embarrassed and humiliated."
Media pundit and Fox News host Howard Kurtz Tweeted that “Christie unusually sober and slow-talking as he tries to express remorse. The brash act is gone.”
Emails and texts surfaced that linked Kelly to the gridlock, along with other top Christie followers and aides. The messages show that they closed traffic lanes coming off the GBeorge Washington Bridge from New York, creating backups in the town of Fort Lee.
The governor had denied knowing about the lane closings and previously said no one on his staff was involved.