Christie: Bridgegate Was Factor in Not Getting Picked to Be Trump’s Running Mate

• September 14, 2016 11:56 pm


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R.) said Wednesday that he believes the Bridgegate controversy adversely affected his chances of being selected as Donald Trump's running mate.

Christie was considered a finalist to be Trump's vice-presidential pick, but Trump ultimately selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in July.

"How much of a factor do you believe the trouble with the Bridgegate was a factor in you not getting picked for vice president?" 11th Hour host Brian Williams asked.

"I'm sure it was a factor," Christie said.

"How big?" Williams asked.

"You'd have to ask him, but I'm sure it was a factor," Christie said.

Bridgegate is another name for the toll lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013, which prosecutors say was an act of political retribution by members of Christie's staff after Fort Lee's mayor didn't endorse their boss.

The scandal came to light in January of 2014, shortly after Christie was reelected to the New Jersey governorship in a landslide. Christie denied any knowledge of the lane closures, and he has never been charged. However, his popularity in the state has steeply declined in his second term.

Christie told Williams he had no worries about the upcoming trial of his former aides, saying no one had ever proven he engaged in any wrongdoing.

Christie ran for the 2016 GOP nomination for president but dropped out after a disappointing finish in the New Hampshire primary. He became one of the first establishment Republican Party figures to endorse Trump in February.