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New Jersey Governor and 2016 establishment “Republican” presidential candidate Chris Christie issued the following statement in response to reports that his administration closed ramps to the George Washington Bridge in an effort to exact political retribution on a New Jersey mayor who did not support his gubernatorial reelection bid last year:

What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable, and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.