Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Christie apologises for scandal in speech

15 January 2014, 17:06

Trenton - Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says the scandal that threatens his status as a rising Republican star and possible presidential candidate in 2016 has tested his administration, but he vowed to continue working to improve the lives of the people in his state.

On the eve of his second term, Christie opened his annual State of the State address on Tuesday by touching only briefly on the scandal before moving on to take credit for the state's improving economy.

"The last week has certainly tested this administration", he told lawmakers and others gathered at the Statehouse. "Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better."

Christie's office is being investigated after allegations that a top aide, since fired, helped to orchestrate massive traffic jams at the foot of one of the world's busiest bridges in an apparent act of political revenge.

Christie apologised in a marathon press conference last week and said he was "humiliated", but he denied involvement.

Two state legislative panels announced plans on Monday to continue their investigations into the incident that one Democratic leader has called an "abuse of power" probe.

"The question is who abused their power and how high did it go?" the Democrat, assembly majority leader Lou Greenwald, said.

The larger-than-life governor, who has crafted an image of blunt pragmatism and ability to work with Democrats, is now on the defensive as his second term in office begins. His inauguration takes place next week.

On Tuesday, Christie must address his Democratic-leaning state on issues far beyond the traffic jam. He is expected to revive the theme of bipartisanship, which has taken a hit in the scandal.

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...