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Chris Christie Determined to Eventually Learn Something From Bridge Scandal, Someday, When He Can

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks about his knowledge of a traffic study that snarled traffic at the George Washington Bridge during a news conference on January 9, 2014 at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey. According to reports Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is accused of giving a signal to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge, allegedly as punishment for the Fort Lee, New Jersey mayor not endorsing the Governor during the election.
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More than a week after he started “soul-searching,” following being “blindsided,” “embarrassed,” “humiliated,” and “heartbroken” by his staff’s political revenge, Chris Christie has yet to find a lesson under the hurt. “I will learn things from this,” the New Jersey governor told Yahoo’s Matt Bai in his first interview since the bridge debacle blew up. “I know I will. I don’t know exactly what it is yet that I’ll learn from it. But when I get the whole story and really try to understand what’s going on here, I know I’m going to learn things.”

What kind of things? You know, stuff: “I can’t tell you yet what it is I’m going to learn,” he repeated. “But I am intent on learning from this.”

Vague as that may be, it’s more contrite than what Christie reportedly told his rich donors in Florida over the weekend. “I did the one thing I had to do,” Christie said, according to Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone. “I fired them. What else can I do?”

I’m trying to get my arms around an awful situation,” Christie “sighed” to Yahoo, “and understand it, and then address it, and then resolve it.” In the meantime, he added, he is already “readier, if that’s a word,” to run for president in 2016, so don’t worry too much about all of the learning.

Chris Christie Determined to ‘Learn Some Things’